Tech firm fires CEO convicted of domestic violence

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 11:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The ousted CEO of a San Francisco online advertising company recently convicted of domestic violence says he was fired when he told board members he wouldn't resign.

Former RadiumOne CEO and Chairman Gurbaskh Chahal said in a blog posting Monday he declined RadiumOne board members' request to resign during a special meeting on Saturday.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of battery and domestic-violence battery, both misdemeanors, in the August 2013 beating of his girlfriend.

Chahal said Monday that he blames social media for becoming "the court of public opinion" in his case. He said he agreed to plead guilty as part of a plea deal at the guidance of the RadiumOne board.

A spokeswoman for RadiumOne did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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