Bay Area tech entrepreneur faces new domestic violence allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Prosecutors asked a San Francisco judge to revoke the probation of a wealthy Internet entrepreneur and they released details of another woman whom Gurbaksh Chahal is alleged to have attacked.

Inside a courtroom Friday, bodyguards surrounded Chahal to prevent photographers from taking his picture.

Outside the courthouse, members of the Sikh community demonstrated in support of Chahal. They called on District Attorney George Gascon to resign for continuing to pursue domestic violence cases against the wealthy Internet entrepreneur.

The 33-year-old year old defendant is on probation, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence battery in the alleged beating of his girlfriend three years ago.

Prosecutors had charged Chahal with 45 felonies, but his girlfriend refused to cooperate.

Prosecutors proceeded, even without her testimony. A home security video did capture the reported beating, but it was thrown out in court after the judge ruled the video was seized without a warrant.

The Domestic Violence Consortium has been following the case closely.

"This is a simple case of domestic violence. Had the video been allowed as evidence with 117 slaps and kicks, I think we'd be in a different place," said Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium.

Prosecutors revealed today there was another alleged victim she says Chahal kicked her leg ten to 12 times during an argument in his bedroom two years ago. But she too refused to cooperate.

Prosecutors are asking the judge to revoke his probation, saying the alleged attack happened while Chahal has been on probation.

Bob Dhillon, who supports Chahal, says this is not justice.

"A case that was three years ago and once the guy is exonerated, you cannot continue to pursue the same thing over and over again," Dhillon said.

Chahal and his attorney declined to comment. Proceedings have been continued to May.
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