Semyon Varlamov's girlfriend: Avs goalie was laughing when he beat me
Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov on charges that he beat and stomped his girlfriend; see our previous coverage below. Now, we have much more information about the case, including an arrest report detailing the alleged brutality in chilling detail, comments from his Russian-model girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, who claims he laughed while he beat her (we've got video of her statements), and a photo of Varlamov, said to have been drunk during the incident, dressed for Halloween as The Simpsons character Duffman.
Big photos, video below.
The affidavit blots out the name of Vavrinyuk, but she's publicly identified herself, sitting down with attorney Robert Abrams to speak with 7News. Among her comments, made through an interpreter: When fans shout Varlamov's name, "she wants to make sure they know his real face." She added that during the assault, "He was having a lot of fun. He was laughing."
The portrait painted by the arrest report certainly isn't pretty. On October 30, the document recaps a conversation between the investigator and Vavrinyuk in which she says Varlamov "assaulted her by kicking her in the chest, which knocked her down. While the victim was still on the floor, he then reportedly stomped on her chest with his foot. He then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out of the bedroom by her hair.
Evgeniya Vavrinyuk during her sit-down with 7News.
"While still holding the victim," the affidavit continues, Varlamov "pulled the victim's face to the floor and told her in Russian that if this were Russia, he would beat her more. He then grabbed the victim by her upper arms and shook and pushed her to the floor."
In another interview, conducted at her apartment at 1700 Bassett Street in Denver, Vavrinyuk, who was bruised on her left arm and upper left chest area, said Varlamov had been drinking.
This claim was particularly damaging given that earlier on October 30, before news of Varlamov's arrest broke, Yahoo! Sports ran a photo from his Instagram account showing him dressed for Halloween as Duffman, spokesman from the fictional beer Duff on The Simpsons. Here's the photo:
Meanwhile, Varlamov made his first appearance in court. Here's a look at him in a very different kind of uniform than the kind Avs fans are accustomed to seeing him wear: a yellow jail jumpsuit. The image is courtesy of CBS4, which broke the story of his arrest:
Varlamov was released on a $5,000 bond and allowed to travel with the Avs to their next game, in Dallas tonight. And while many outside the sports world continue to debate whether allowing him to do so is proper, Avs legend Adam Foote, whose number is going to be retired during a ceremony at the Pepsi Center tomorrow night, backed the decision. During an interview with ESPN Radio in Denver, he said the best thing for Varlamov is to get back on the ice while the case progresses.
Another bizarre twist: Igor Ananskikh, who heads the Russian Committee on Physical Culture, suggests that Varlamov's bust may be a conspiracy to prevent Russia from winning the gold medal in hockey during the upcoming winter games. The contests just happen to be taking place in Sochi, Russia, and Varlamov was considered by many observers to be a lock for the squad.
Varlamov, in a knit cap, seen leaving court yesterday, in an image from 7News.
Ananskikh's comment: "I think this is a sports-political move, considering that Varlamov is an Olympic Team candidate. In my opinion, the main goal is to keep him away from training, from games, so that he would lose game shape and, God forbid, miss the Olympics."
A very different tone was struck in a comment Vavrinyuk reportedly posted on a Russian social media site using a now-deleted account. Her message reads: "If a man raised his hand, he will do it again. And none of his persuasion and promises should dissuade women. Leave these men, and don't feel sorry for them! Giving men a last chance means to sign yourself a conviction for a repeat."
Continue for our previous coverage of Semyon Varlamov's arrest, including photos and video.