A millionaire tech CEO faces no jail time after beating his girlfriend for 30 minutes and telling her he was going to kill her. Gurbaksh Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges last week, avoiding 45 felony counts for the videotaped assault.
The 31-year-old RadiumOne CEO was sentenced to three years’ probation, 52 weeks of domestic violence training and 25 hours of community service, according to the San Francisco Business Times.
Chahal was arrested in August when police arrived at his home on a domestic violence 911 call. His terrified girlfriend told the officers that she couldn’t breathe and that Chahal had told her “I’m going to kill you,” four times.
“She stated she was in fear for her life,” said San Francisco Officer Anh Nguyen.
Nguyen and the other three officers found the woman in the master bedroom shower with bruising on her body. On the way to the hospital, she told Nguyen that Chahal had grabbed her by her hair, thrown her on the bed, slapped her, spit on her face, and threw her on the floor.
The woman had been dating Chahal, once deemed “America’s Most Eligible Bachelor,” for eight months, and staying at his luxury condo a few times a week.
A tinted glass dome in the bedroom contained a camera with security footage showing Chahal kicking and beating the woman for 30 minutes. He did it, he said, because she had cheated on him on a trip to Las Vegas, court documents state.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the case appeared to be “airtight,” with the prosecution led by District Attorney and domestic violence crusader George Gascón.
But then Chahal posted his $1 million bail and fired former federal prosecutor James Lassart as his attorney. Lassart didn’t deny the charges but said they were overblown.
The Punjab, India native dropped out of high school to run ClickAgents, a company he started in high school and sold for $40 million. He then went on to start BlueLithium, selling that company for $300 million, and write a book about himself titled “The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions.”