Pinkberry co-founder pleads not guilty to beating

January 31, 2012 - 12:45 AM
Pinkberry Founder Arrested

Young Lee, one of the founders of the Pinkberry yogurt chain stands with his attorney Philip Kent Cohen, right, during his arraignment in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. City News Service says Lee was arraigned in the June 15 beating that left a homeless man with a broken forearm and cuts to his head. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A co-founder of the popular frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry has pleaded not guilty to beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles.

City News Service says 47-year-old Young Lee was arraigned Monday in the June 15 beating that left a homeless man with a broken forearm and cuts to his head.

The terms of Lee's $60,000 bail were modified so he can travel to his native Korea later this month. He must surrender his passport when he returns to court March 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors allege that Lee and a companion confronted the homeless man because Lee thought the transient had disrespected him by exposing a sexually explicit tattoo.

Lee faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

A message seeking comment was left at Pinkberry's offices.