RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal of San Francisco was fired today after pleading guilty to one charge of domestic violence battery and one count of battery last week.
In a statement released Sunday morning, RadiumOne's board of directors announced that Chahal was fired and that chief operating officer Bill Lonergan would replace him.
Chahal, 31, was initially charged with 47 counts of domestic violence in connection with a reportedly violent incident with his girlfriend in his Rincon Hill apartment on Aug. 5, 2013. As part of his plea, he will be placed on three years probation, be required to complete a 52-week domestic violence training class and perform 25 hours of community service.
The charges against Chahal were significantly reduced after the judge in his case said that surveillance video that captured the altercation could not be admitted in court because police had not lawfully obtained it.
In a blog post published on his website Sunday morning, Chahal defended himself, claiming that he lost his temper upon learning that his girlfriend had engaged in prostitution. “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,” he wrote.
According to court records, prosecutors said in August that Chahal was angry that his girlfriend had gone to Las Vegas with another man and cheated on him.
In the blog post, Chahal also asserted that he would remain CEO at RadiumOne, stating, “I vow to make it a hugely successful company, a great place to work, and a wonderful partner in the community.”