Originally charged with 45 felonies for an alleged vicious attack on his girlfriend, former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal has avoided jail time altogether. Instead he pleaded guilty to domestic violence and battery, both of which are misdemeanors.
In a setback for the prosecution that apparently led to the plea deal, San Francisco judged ruled that a 30-minute home security video of the assault - which allegedly depicting Chahal hitting the woman 117 times -- last August at his luxury condominium was inadmissible in court because cops didn't wait to get a search warrant. Police were reportedly concerned that the video would have been erased while they went to court.
Chahal, 31, a multimillionaire since he was 16 and who was named one of America's most eligible bachelors by Extra TV, will instead be put on three years' probation, take a domestic violence course, and do 25 hours of community service.
During the attack, police claimed that Chahal told the girlfriend several times that he was going to kill her. The alleged victim later stopped cooperating with investigators, however.
Chahal is an Obama campaign contributor. "He has donated more than $100,000 since 2011, all of which went the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. Those contributions include $81,600 to the Democratic National Committee and $5,000 to President Barack Obama's reelection campaign."
Last night, RadiumOne -- which is apparently gearing up for an IPO -- fired Chahal as CEO and chairman.
In a long blog post, Gurbaksh Chahal gave his side of the story. He claimed that the original charges against him were "overblown and grossly exaggerated" and denied hitting the girlfriend 117 times as the media has reported. Chahal also asserted that he was a target because he was a high net worth individual. He further explained that "... I know that intimate partner violence is never excusable under any circumstances. I recognize that my temper got the better of me, and I will regret that for the rest of my life. But there is a difference between temper and domestic violence, and the truth of what actually happened is no where close to what the police claimed nor anywhere near what the online chatter and pundits are now making it out to be... the situation that resulted in my legal case began when I discovered that my girlfriend was having unprotected sex for money with other people..."
Do you think that the Gurbaksh Chahal surveillance video of the alleged domestic violence incident or non-incident should be or will be released into the public domain?
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