RadiumOne has announced that its board of directors terminated chief executive officer Gurbaksh Chahal Saturday after he plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery in court. The firing comes after intense public outcry called for Chahal’s ouster when charges were first brought.
The firing was reported on Re/code yesterday shortly before Chahal wrote a blog post defending himself, saying his temper got the better of him after he learned his girlfriend was having sex for money without using protection. He insists that there is a difference between “temper and domestic violence” and that the video footage that was dismissed in court actually made the San Francisco Police Department look bad rather than proving Chahal’s guilt. According to Chahal, there was no physical violence against his (now former) girlfriend and all of the violence committed was by the police rather than himself.
RadiumOne’s statement regarding Chahal’s firing reads, in part: “At a board meeting yesterday evening, RadiumOne’s board of directors voted to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman of the company. Bill Lonergan, the company COO, will take over as CEO of the Company immediately. Bill has an extraordinary professional background and has helped build Blue Lithium and RadiumOne into industry leading brands. We are confident he will continue Radium One’s impressive trajectory.”
For his part, Chahal stated in his blog post that: “I was charged with 45 felony counts of domestic violence. All of those charges were dropped, and ultimately the case settled when the DA’s office recognized they had no case and offered me a misdemeanor plea. I accepted that plea, because after a lot of soul searching I believed I was acting in the best interest of my company, my employees, my customers, my family, my friends and my investors.”