Jury Finds Pinkberry Co-Founder Guilty of Beating Homeless Man

The co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry was convicted Friday of beating a homeless man with a tire iron while the victim panhandled on the side of an East Hollywood street.

Pinkberry Founder Young Lee Yogurt

Young Lee, left, one of the founders of the Pinkberry yogurt empire, with his attorney Philip Kent Cohen during his arraignment in 2012. (Credit: LA Times)

Young Lee, 48, became upset in June 2011 that Daniel Bolding had flashed a tattoo depicting a stick figure of a couple having sex to the people in the car — including Lee’s fiancée. Lee drove away but returned with another man and beat Bolding.

The jury deliberated for less than two days before reaching a guilty verdict in the three-week-long trial.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall said that evidence during the trial showed that Lee had made significant threats to witnesses and considered him a “threat to the community.”