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Pinkberry Co-Founder Found Guilty of Assault

Pinkberry Co-Founder Found Guilty of Assault


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Young Lee, no longer associated with Pinkberry, was found guilty of beating a homeless man with a tire iron

Lee faces up to seven years in prison.

Young Lee, co-founder of the popular Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, faces up to seven years in prison after being found guilty of assault.

Last year news broke that Lee, who is no longer affiliated with the frozen yogurt brand, was arrested for allegedly beating a homeless man with a tire iron in 2011.

Lee, who was arrested in January 2012, claimed that the man "made explicit threats as if he had a weapon" to Lee and a car full of people, including Lee's fiancé. The homeless man, Daniel Bolding, reportedly showed Lee and his passengers an "offensive" tattoo of a man and woman having sex, which enraged Lee and he returned to find Bolding, chased him with a tire iron, forced him to kneel and apologize, and beat him.

Lee was found guilty Friday and faces up to seven years in prison, as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Hall declared Lee a "significant threat to the community," as he had also threatened a witness at trial.


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.

Young Lee, 49, 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.”

Lee was remanded with no bail and is set to be sentenced Jan. 14. Lee -- who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company -- faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron. “This case is not ‘Who did it?’” Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis told the jury. “It’s ‘Who did what?’”

Phillip Kent Cohen, Lee’s attorney, said he and the prosecutor agreed on “96% of what happened: that there was a tire iron and that [Bolding] was given great bodily injury.” But Cohen said his client never held the tire iron, and he attempted to cast doubt on the testimony of witnesses who identified Lee as the attacker, including saying that Bolding had “flat-out lied.”

In the initial police report, Cohen said, Bolding alleged that he was arguing with the driver, whom he identified as Lee. Bolding said the man in the passenger seat had the tire iron. But during the trial, Bolding testified that Lee had beaten him with the tire iron.

Bolding has also filed a personal injury lawsuit against Lee seeking damages for the attack. Zoumberakis showed pictures of a bloody Bolding to the jury and argued that Bolding may have given an incorrect report because he was in pain.

Cohen countered that the rest of the police report -- which included the correct time, location and description of the tire iron -- was accurate.

Cohen also said witnesses gave conflicting information about the clothing worn by the man wielding the tire iron, leaving open the possibility that it was the second man, not Lee, who was involved.


Pinkberry co-founder gets 7 years for beating homeless man

The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to a maximum seven years in prison for beating a panhandling homeless man with a tire iron.

A jury found Young Lee, 49, guilty in the June 2011 attack on Donald Bolding. Bolding flashed a tattoo of a stick-figure couple having sex to the people in Lee’s car, which included his fiancee. Lee drove away, then returned to the East Hollywood street with another man who’d been in the car. He then beat Bolding, who suffered a broken left forearm and several cuts to the head.

After the jury returned the verdict in November, he was ordered jailed without bail by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall, who declared him a “significant threat to the community” because he had threatened a witness in the case.

During the trial, the prosecutor reminded the jury of the threat to the witness, David Lee.

“Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he’d been threatened?” Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis asked the jury Wednesday during closing arguments. “‘I’m going to cut the throat of your mother, your wife, your daughter and you.’ And remember how the air left the room because you could tell how scared David Lee was?”

Young Lee helped found Pinkberry in 2005, but is no longer involved with the company.


Pinkberry Co-Founder Gets Prison Sentence for Assault

Young Lee was found guilty in a June 2011 attack that left a homeless man with a broken arm and head injuries.

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A co-founder of the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles.

Young Lee, 49, was sentenced to the maximum term for the June 2011 attack near a Hollywood freeway off-ramp.

Authorities said Lee confronted Daniel Bolding as the transient was panhandling at the Vermont Avenue exit near U.S. 101. Lee claimed Bolding flashed a sexually themed tattoo to several people in Lee’s car, including his fiancee.

Lee drove away but returned and attacked Bolding, who was struck twice in the head and suffered a broken arm before witnesses stopped the assault, prosecutors said.

The 44-year-old Bolding testified at trial that he was begging from drivers when his shirt rode up, revealing the tattoo, which showed a stick-figure couple having sex.

In November, jurors convicted Lee of assault with a deadly weapon, with a special allegation that the attack caused great bodily injury.

Lee, an architect, co-founded Pinkberry with Shelly Hwang, and they opened the first Pinkberry store in West Hollywood in 2005. The franchise chain became wildly popular, drawing celebrities and long lines. Lee is no longer affiliated with the chain.


Pinkberry Co-Founder Convicted of Beating Homeless Man With Tire Iron

Young Lee was found guilty in a June 2011 attack that left a victim with a broken arm and head injuries.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash A co-founder of the popular frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry has been found guilty of beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles.

City News Service reports that 49-year-old Young Lee was convicted Friday of assault with a deadly weapon. Lee, who is no longer affiliated with Pinkberry, was taken into custody and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14.

Prosecutors said Lee confronted the homeless man in June 2011 because Lee thought the transient had disrespected his wife by showing a sexually explicit tattoo.

The homeless man was struck twice in the head and suffered a broken arm before witnesses stopped the attack.


Pinkberry co-founder found guilty of beating homeless man with tire iron

Pinkberry's co-founder was convicted on Friday of assaulting a homeless man who showed off a sexually explicit tattoo.

A Los Angeles jury found 49-year-old froyo entrepreneur Young Lee guilty of attacking Daniel Bolding with a tire iron after the panhandler exposed a tattoo of two stick figures having sex.

Lee, who is no longer involved with Pinkberry, faces seven years in state prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 14.

The body art came to light in June 2011, when Lee’s Range Rover drove past the man at an off-ramp of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Freeway. The homeless man walked toward Lee, begging for money. Lee’s lawyers argue that Bolding was the one who approached Lee with threats of possessing a weapon. But cops say the Lee was reportedly upset that his fiancée was forced to see the man’s tattoo.

"Instead of driving away with his passengers as a reasonable person would have done or rolling up his window, or just ignoring the plaintiff, Lee, having taken deep offense of the tattoo, rolled down the window and began an argument with the plaintiff," Bolding's attorney wrote in court documents obtained by NBC Los Angeles.


Pinkberry Co-Founder Sentenced To Seven Years For Beating Panhandler With Tire Iron

Young Lee, co-founder of the frozen yogurt monster Pinkberry was sentenced to seven years in prison without parole Friday for beating a homeless man back in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 49-year-old former-CEO was found guilty last November of the vicious assault which involved him attacking a defenseless panhandler with a tire iron.

Lee was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury and the judge deemed him to be "a significant threat" to the community.

The victim, Daniel Bolding, was begging for change near the Vermont Avenue off-ramp of the 101 Freeway in Hollywood when the attack occurred. According to cops, Lee became enraged after Bolding flashed a sexually explicit tattoo (stick figures engaged in sexual intercourse) at the passengers in Lee's car, which included his wife.

Lee initially drove away but returned shortly after along with a male passenger from his car. After chasing down the panhandler Lee ordered him to kneel on the ground and apologize—after he complied Lee started beating him with the tire iron he had brought along with him.

Passersby eventually intervened to stop the assault, but not before Bolding suffered multiple cuts to his head and a broken forearm.

Police investigated the attack for six months before finally arresting Lee at LAX airport as he arrived back in the states from South Korea in January of 2012.

Pinkberry promptly distanced itself from Lee, pointing out that they had parted ways in 2010 and that he was no longer involved with the company.


Pinkberry Co-Founder Arrested At LAX For Assault With A Deadly Weapon

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain remains jailed Tuesday after he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport.

Young Lee, 47, who is facing a criminal charge of assault with a deadly weapon, is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

A fugitive task force comprised of LAPD and FBI officials apprehended Lee, who is being held on $60,000 bail, following an overseas flight Monday afternoon.

Lee was arrested an outstanding warrant stemming from an alleged incident that took place in downtown Los Angeles in June of last year.

A kick-boxer and architect turned entrepreneur, Lee co-founded Pinkberry with partner Shelly Hwang in 2005.

The yogurt chain now has 100 locations worldwide, but its original West Hollywood location closed nearly two years ago.


Pinkberry Co-Founder Sentenced to 7 Years for Beating Homeless Man With a Tire Iron

The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to a maximum of seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron.

A jury had found Young Lee, 49, guilty in the Donald Bolding assault back in November. At the time, Lee was jailed without bail after the judge deemed him a “significant threat to the community” because he had threatened a witness in the case. Today, the sentence came down.

In June 2011, Bolding flashed a lewd tattoo to Lee’s fiancee. The former Pinkberry exec, who is no longer part of the company, returned to the East Hollywood scene with another man later that day. Lee then beat Bolding, who suffered a broken left forearm, cuts on his head and a concussion, with the weapon.

The sentencing judge called the incident “extremely violent and merciless.” Lee’s lawyer said the stiff sentence was “wholly disporportinate” with the crime. Lee and his attorney intend to appeal.

Lee helped found the first West Hollywood Pinkberry in 2005. Though the frozen yogurt chain has expanded nationally, the majority of locations are in Southern California.


Pictorial: Pinkberry Founder Sentenced to 7 Years

He is a former kick-boxer and architect who helped found a chain that serves these frozen yogurt-like treats:

Pinkberry has become popular around the world for its simple formula, sweet and sour taste, and refreshing toppings.

In the summer of 2011, Lee assaulted a homeless man near a highway off-ramp in Hollywood.

When he was charged in 2012, Lee told authorities that the homeless man had flashed an offensive tattoo. The tattoo was of a stick figure couple having sex.

After beating him with his fists, Lee left the scene only to return with one of these:

This is a tire iron. It is used to remove a tire from its axel.

Lee beat the homeless man until passers-by called 911.

On Friday, March 14, Young Lee was charged in Los Angeles County Court and found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to seven years in:


Watch the video: Pinkberry co-founder sentenced in beating of homeless man (June 2022).


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  2. Jaira

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  3. Nagore

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  5. Gilles

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