Zain Jaffer's charmed Silicon Valley life was about to collapse beneath him.
It was October 2017 and Jaffer, founder of a promising mobile ad startup, was suddenly arrested and charged with a series of crimes, including assault and sexual abuse. His company, Vungle, promptly dismissed him.
But now the charges have been dropped and Jaffer, 31, is taking Vungle to court. His unusual lawsuit is testing the limits of redemption in Silicon Valley after a run of troubling revelations about personal conduct at companies from Google to Uber.