Gurbaksh “G” Chahal is back in the news. Though previously labeled as one of “The World’s Richest and Fittest” by Men’s Health and featured as one of Extra’s Most Eligible Bachelors, in recent years the tech mogul is most widely recognized for his startlingly bad reputation. It comes as no surprise then that Chahal is being sued again. This time in federal court.
After being ousted as CEO from RadiumOne for a domestic violence conviction, Chahal started a competing company Gravity4. The lawsuit alleges Chahal, worth upwards of $200 million, pressured an employee, 20-year-old Yousef Khraibut, to take prescription drugs and illegal substances, spied on him and other employees, perpetuated a misogynist and racist working environment, and asked Khraibut to lie to police about details related to his second reported domestic violence offense. Chahal is also currently being sued by Erika Alonso, a former marketing executive at Gravity4, for gender discrimination and illegal surveillance.
The details outlined in the most recent lawsuit filed by Khraibut are sordid and horrifying even without the mention of domestic violence, though both incidents are indeed included. The executive previously faced 45 felony charges after security footage from his penthouse apartment allegedly showed him threatening to kill his girlfriend while hitting and kicking her 117 times in the span of half an hour. According to police, the girlfriend said it was not the first time. However, Chahal was able to cut a deal for three years probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training program, 25 hours of community service, and a $500 fine after the video footage was found inadmissible and the girlfriend stopped cooperating with police. New evidence suggests Chahal paid San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to make the first charge “go away” so as not to threaten plans to raise $100 million during the anticipated RadiumOne IPO. Additionally, according to Khraibut, the victim was paid up to $4 million dollars to be silent. Other notable items from the lawsuit include claims that Chahal admitted to hitting his girlfriend with a pillow while rebutting the District Attorney’s assertion that a pillow can be deadly weapon and that he “just shook her and slapped her [his girlfriend],” but did not hurt her.This was the first reported incident. Khraibut claims Chahal asked him to help cover up the second incident which allegedly occurred while Chahal was on probation for the first.
According to Khraibut, Chahal called him to his penthouse after Chahal’s girlfriend called police reporting that he kicked her repeatedly, grabbed her hair, and pushed her against a wall. Chahal allegedly asked Khraibut to say he was present during the attack and corroborate claims that a bodyguard was also present. According to the lawsuit, Khraibut refused, enraging Chahal which led to further harassment and eventually the unlawful termination of Khraibut. The hearing to determine whether this offense violated Chahal’s probation has been postponed to November 13.
While it’s quite possible Chahal bought himself out of 45 felony counts of domestic violence, perhaps what’s most notable are the familiar circumstances which make this case unexceptional. Chahal is a repeat offender who was able to utilize his resources to manipulate the justice system and silence his victims. Sadly, in those ways, it’s really just like any other case.