'Shark Tank' contestant accused of threatening to shoot a man for smoking near home

A 38-year-old Burbank man awarded funding for a product he pitched on ABC’s “Shark Tank” pleaded not guilty Wednesday to threatening a man with a gun after an argument over smoking, officials said.

Michael Barzman — co-founder of Invisiplug, a power strip designed to blend in with hardwood floors — was arrested earlier this month after pointing a gun at a man smoking outside a Burbank business near his apartment, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

According to police, Barzman reportedly walked away when a bystander said he was calling the police, after Barzman had threatened to shoot the victim.

Police recovered a gun during Barzman’s arrest.

He was subsequently charged with one count each of assault with a firearm and making criminal threats.

If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in state prison. He is due back in court next month.

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