Pinkberry Co-Founder Accused Of Beating A Homeless Guy With A Tire Iron

Pinkberry, the chain of California-based yogurt shops that inspires cultish behavior in its followers, was co-founded by one Young Lee, a stylish 47-year-old entrepreneur with expensive taste (he apparently owns a bunch of fancy cars including a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Ferrari) who is currently a defendant in a criminal proceeding in which he is alleged to have hit a homeless man with a tire iron.

The Daily Beast has the definitive article:

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, on June 15, 2011, Lee was driving a rented Range Rover along Vermont Avenue in east Hollywood, California, with an acquaintance in the passenger seat when he spotted a homeless man in the street asking passersby for money.

“The detectives told me Lee was somehow offended by a tattoo that was on the defender’s arm, and it was a silhouette of two people in a sexual position,” Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division, told The Daily Beast.

A verbal argument ensued, at which point Lee parked his car and, according to witnesses, approached the panhandler from behind and struck him in the back of the head with a tire iron. Blood was pouring down the man’s face. He ran from the attackers, but Lee and another suspect chased him down, and Lee again used the tire iron to strike the man’s arm, head, and body multiple times. During the attack, the victim recalled hearing Lee repeatedly yell, “Say I’m sorry! Say I’m sorry,” according to an LAPD search warrant affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast. The man was later admitted to the hospital and treated for various cuts and bruises on his head and torso, as well as a fractured left forearm.

“We’re still trying to track down the other passenger and aren’t sure about the level of his involvement in the assault,” said Lt. Vernon.

In case you’re concerned about this putting a pall on your yogurt consumption, Pinkberry has taken the opportunity to distance itself from Mr. Lee.

A member of the company told Daily Beast that Mr. Lee hasn’t been involved in the company for two years, explaining that he’s uh, just sort of like an architect and style guru, and either way, they totally broke up with him:

“Young Lee co-founded Pinkberry in 2005 and his contributions were focused on the design aesthetic of the brand leveraging his architecture background. Current Pinkberry CEO Ron Graves took over the leadership of the company in 2007, bringing an experienced investor base, board of directors, management team and strategy to build a global brand. Over time, Lee’s role continued to diminish, and in Spring 2010 Pinkberry ended its relationship with him.”

Pinkberry Co-Founder Young Lee Accused of Beating Homeless Man [Daily Beast]


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  1. StarKillerX says:

    So, does anyone else think the homeless guy will end up owning the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Ferrari?

    • Cat says:

      At least the guy will have a nice home now.

      • StarKillerX says:

        Yep, my first thought was “wow, the next news report in that area about homeless living in their cars will take an interesting twist when the reporter sees the homeless man living in a Rolls and a Ferrari.” LOL!

        • Stannous Flouride says:

          When I was on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” the interns kept asking what I’d do if I won a million. They liked and recorded my saying, “If I win I’m going to buy a Humvee and live in it so I can simultaneously make a statement on homelessness and conspicuous consumption.”
          Regis even laughed but when it was broadcast that was edited out. When I asked why I was told that though everyone loved it, because I had mentioned a brand name they couldn’t use it.

    • kiwihead says:

      And how is he going to get a decent lawyer to get paid?

      Sure, every scum-bag will be trying to get in on the easy money, but they wont be looking out for his best interest, only their own.

      I bet he is still homeless, penniless and does not get anything substantial. Just some bruises and further proof that money makes you a god among men.

  2. George4478 says:

    It’s part of the frozen yogurt culture of violence. You’d never see Ben and Jerry doing this.

  3. Mandrake says:

    This is a dark time for frozen yogurt.

  4. ChuckECheese says:

    Offended by a tattoo while driving in Hollywood?

    Can I get speed as a mix-in?

  5. Cat says:

    “Come see the oppression inherent in the system!”

  6. D007H says:

    Good lord she’s mad! She doesn’t even consider Pinkberry dessert!” -Mark Lilly

  7. shinseiromeo says:

    How is this even a story? Unless Lee is a LEO or federal agent working on duty, this is a non-story, only sensationalism.

    When a private citizen who works for a private company does something in their own private time, why would who they work for be published? The attack had nothing to do with the job duties.

    • Hoss says:

      If that’s how you feel about it, why are you limiting this reputation protection to the private sector? Is it the job of editors to withhold this information?

      • shinseiromeo says:

        It’s nothing to do with that.

        Let’s say you did the same thing, you saw someone and beat them up for no reason, and let’s say you work in a call center. Or McDonald’s. Or you’re a construction worker.

        The headline is “Call center employee gets out of car and randomly beats up homeless people”.

        Quite ridiculous sounding, eh? Especially when the guy is an EX employee.

        • KidRey says:

          Certainly no rich man should be chastised for beating up a beggar with a tire iron for an offensive tattoo! Shame on the media for pointing this out! The same goes for celebrities; why should the public care if theyre snorting blow off a transvestites scrotum- it has nothing to do with their work, why make it noteworthy?


  8. dolemite says:

    That’s some keen eyesight there. Driving down the road and able to spot the specifics of a 2 or 3 inch tall tattoo while moving at speed?

  9. rpm773 says:

    “Young Lee co-founded Pinkberry in 2005…CEO Ron Graves took over the leadership of the company in 2007, bringing an experienced investor base, board of directors…..Pinkberry ended its relationship with him.

    Perhaps the tattoo of a silhouette of two people in a sexual position on the homeless guy reminded Lee of how he was f.cked in the .ss by the board?

  10. Blueskylaw says:

    Will you all stop thinking about the beaten senseless homeless
    tattooed man and start thinking about the poor pinkberry shareholders!!!

  11. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    I read the title as, “Pinkberry Co-Founder Accused Of Being A Homeless Guy With A Tire Iron”…which struck me as odd.

  12. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    Nice metaphor for the 1% versus the 99% Tire irony anyone?

  13. fpage77 says:

    Loser needs to get a job instead of begging.

  14. smo0 says:

    It’s funny because I was just commenting on how Pinkberry didn’t expand their business fast enough and the competition has already popped up in major/minor cities before they even thought of franchising.

  15. areaman says:

    This isn’t the first time that Lee has found himself on the wrong side of the law. A former bouncer and kickboxer turned architect, Lee was arrested in 2001, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and charged with felony possession of cocaine, one misdemeanor count of battery of a spouse, and carrying a loaded firearm. According to the D.A.’s office, he pleaded no contest to felony possession of cocaine and battery, and was sentenced to two days in jail, three years’ probation, and was slapped with a three-year keep-away order.

    I would feel fine if they locked this guy up for life under the three strikes law here in California.

  16. Kuri says:

    “Pinkberry, the chain of California-based yogurt shops that inspires cultish behavior in its followers”

    So it’s the Apple of yogurt shops?

  17. Hungry Dog says:

    Ah, to live the American dream.