Pinkberry co-founder pleads not guilty to beating

January 31, 2012
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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.