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Gurbaksh Chahal is the best of Silicon Valley- a brilliant entrepreneur- and the worst of Silicon Valley-a man who likes to beat women


In the latest twist to a sordid Silicon Valley tale, a judge sentenced tech mogul Gurbaksh Chahal to 12 months in jail last month, three years after the young titan was arrested and charged with 45 felony counts of domestic violence. Chahal’s attorneys immediately moved to appeal, but the Lamborghini-driving, Vegas-partying playboy who made a fortune in the ad tech business now faces time behind bars for smacking his then-girlfriend 117 times. The exact number is known because the entire beating was captured on a video camera he had set up in his bedroom.

Chahal pleaded guilty in 2014 to two misdemeanors after a judge ruled the video inadmissible. At the time, his sentence—no jail time and freedom to go back into business—outraged women who saw in it the cruelest example yet of Silicon Valley’s casual misogyny. Five months later, though, Chahal was charged in another domestic violence incident, involving another woman. Under California law, his probation was liable to be revoked, but his legal team fought that for two years. After many arguments and hearing delays, a judge revoked his probation in July, which put him in the San Francisco County Jail.

Chahal’s trouble with the law began on August 5, 2013, when San Francisco police officer Anh Nguyen rang the bell and was buzzed up into the penthouse in the city’s tony Rincon Hill neighborhood. The officer brushed past the movie-starhandsome man who answered the door, looking for a woman who had called 911 to report she was being beaten. Passing floor-to-ceiling windows with splendid views of San Francisco, the officer found the master bedroom, where a headboard was monogrammed with a large “G.” Cowering in the master bedroom shower was a bruised, slender brunette named Juliet Kakish, a beautician from Pasadena. She told the officer she was “saved by the bell.” Before leaving the room, the officer noticed a tinted-glass panel in the ceiling. A video camera was behind it, pointed at the bed below.

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