Russian professional hockey player Semyon Varlamov, who plays as a goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL), allegedly beat and assaulted his girlfriend.
The alleged crime took place on Monday. According to the reports by Denver police, Varlamov visited her girlfriend Evgeniya Vavrinyuk on her house. The girlfriend told the authorities that he had beaten and assaulted her by kicking her in the chest, trudging on her, dragging her around by hair, knocking her down and just beating her more.
A news conference was held Thursday afternoon where Vavrinyuk detailed to the press that exact incident. She had bruises on the chest, neck, head, stomach and arms.
"He was having a lot of fun, he was laughing while he was beating me," said Vavrinyuk through an interpreter. "I was in throbbing pain," added Vavrinyuk.
"He said that she is just a nobody, and that she has not received any accomplishment in her life," the interpreter said. "She truly loved him and she even wanted to start a family with him," the interpreter added.
According to the grapevine, this is not the first time that Varlamov had beaten Vanrinyuk. He had beaten her before in other countries, but she has not received the proper impartiality. Vavrinyuk is hopeful that she gets what she deserves and true justice will prevail in the U.S.
The criminal offense is unimaginable. How could a man beat a woman like that? Varlamov turned himself in to the Denver police on Oct 30. He was officially charged with second-degree kidnapping, a felony and third-degree assault.
Domestic violence sounds bad enough as it is. Big guys beating women is not an issue to be laughed about.
Varlamov declared that he is not guilty of the said offense. He appeared in the court with an interpreter. The court judge enforced a restraining order, preventing Varlamov from going near Vavrinyuk or even seeing her. However, the court judge has imposed that professional hockey player can still travel with his team to play in Dallas. A bond amounting to $5,000 was posted for his temporary liberty.
Varlamov has yet to comment on the said criminal offense. "I believe that I am a lucky guy because I get to play for the NHL and I play for the Colorado Avalanche," said Varlamov. "I have such good teammates and I do not think about what is currently happening," he added.
Varlamov will play on Friday at the Dallas Stars despite the charges.
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