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Former Tech CEO's Probation Revoked in Connection With Domestic Violence Incident

After being granted probation and avoiding jail time for a 2013 domestic violence incident, a San Francisco Superior Court judge Friday trevoked the probation of a former tech CEO for a separate domestic violence incident.

Following a lengthy hearing that began in April, Judge Tracie Brown ruled that former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal violated his probation and ordered him to surrender his passport, according to court documents.

In 2014, Chahal was sentenced to probation in connection with a 2013 domestic violence incident in which he was originally charged with 45 felony counts and two misdemeanors. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor domestic violence charges and avoided jail time, however, after a video used as evidence during the trial was deemed inadmissible because it was seized without a warrant.

Soon after, however, a new victim came forward, alleging Chahal assaulted her at his South Beach apartment back in September 2014. In light of the new allegations, prosecutors then moved to revoke Chahal's probation.

In the recent hearing, prosecutors presented evidence alleging that Chahal, angry about an argument the victim had with his security guard, kicked the victim 10 or 12 times as she lay on his bed.

They also alleged that Chahal took away the woman's phone when she tried to call 911 and then told her to leave the apartment.

The victim, who is not a U.S. citizen and is currently living in South Korea, was not present during any of the hearings. Her absence led to heated arguments between prosecutors and defense attorneys over what evidence can be admitted in the hearing.

Chahal's defense attorney James Lassart was not immediately available for comment.

Chahal is scheduled to appear for sentencing on Aug. 12.

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