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'Simpsons' Co-Creator:

Pinkberry Co-Founder SCREWED

My Charity

9/15/2011 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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TV icon Sam Simon -- who co-created "The Simpsons" -- claims a key person behind Pinkberry is a LIAR ... who bilked his charity to make a quick buck ... this according to a new lawsuit. 

Simon claims he was looking to buy property in L.A. to operate a non-profit food bank to benefit needy families earlier this year -- when his realtor found a former Pinkberry location.

In the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Simon says the place seemed like a good fit -- because of the walk-in freezer, food prep area and other things -- so he bought the place for $1.2 mil back in February.

Simon claims Pinkberry's co-founder SWORE the place was permitted for food product operations -- but after he took possession of the property, Simon claims he learned it was all a lie.

In the docs, Simon says the prior owners NEVER obtained permits for the plumbing, mechanical, electrical and certain food handling appliances -- but worst of all ... Sam says the place was only licensed to be an "Auto repair garage" ... and was never approved for food service.

Sam is now suing his realtor, along with Pinkberry co-founder Shelly Hwang and the company through which Pinkberry does business ... claiming they should pay for all of his costs to bring the place up to snuff ... plus damages.

UPDATE: A rep for Pinkberry tells TMZ, "Pinkberry has nothing to do with the entity that sold the building to Simon. Pinkberry is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, and was not an owner or a tenant in the building when it was sold."

The rep adds, "Pinkberry was not involved in any of the negotiations for the sale of the building.   What is even more concerning is the focus on an 'anti-charity' angle, when the truth is that Pinkberry and its people are strong supporters of charities, including the very sort of food bank charity that Mr. Simon generously supports."

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31.

gawdzgift    

Chinese. "nuff said.

1044 days ago
32.

CountryGal    

Pinkberry sucks anyway. I tried that crap once and didn't like it. As for this Simon guy he seems like a good guy who got screwed over by pigs. I hope he wins his lawsuits. Oh and someone said he is better to dogs then to people? I don't blame him at all. Dogs are better than most people.

1044 days ago
33.

spyke    

Hey if this is true, I hope he wins. However, shouldn't he have hired a lawyer to make sure everything was zoned properly?

1044 days ago
34.

matt    

Looks like a wall eye vision Adam Sandler

1044 days ago
35.

A.M.D    

That's his fault, you don't drop any money on property especially commercial without doing inspections and that includes zoning.

1044 days ago
36.

en Todo Momento!!    

i think homeless people like/want/prefer frozen yogurt more than they'd appreciate his feeding facility anyways. sucks for you, bro!!! maybe try a homeless sportsbar with strippers next time.

1044 days ago
37.

hattierosas    


If you are looking for freebies like myself the best place online to get is "Official Get Samples" You can qualify easily with out credit card.

1044 days ago
38.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

eat my shorts pinkberry

889 days ago
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