Thursday, October 31, 2013

Report: Varlamov Kicked Girlfriend in Chest and Stomped on Her

The girlfriend of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov said that he kicked her in the chest, stomped on her and told her that if they were in Russia he would have beaten her more.

Varlamov appeared in court on domestic violence and kidnapping charges on Thursday in Denver, and posted $5,000 bond by noon.

The woman, whose name has been redacted from the records, reportedly spent five hours getting medical attention and x-rays. Detectives reported that they observed bruising on the left forearm and right hip of the woman. She lives in Russia, but travels to visit with Varlamov, and had arrived for a three-month stay in Colorado.

More from the Denver Post's coverage:
"Her statement is that this is the most minor of the beatings she received. She's received five in all, and the last one was to unconsciousness," said Robert Abrams, an attorney who is representing Varlamov's girlfriend. He said the woman spent five hours in a hospital getting exams and X-rays.

His client has been dating Varlamov off and on for four years. She lives in Russia where she is from but travels to live with him. She had just begun a three-month stay in Denver, Abrams said. He said he would try to keep her here so she can testify against Varlamov but added, "I've got her in hiding."

Varlamov has been given permission to travel, but Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is not prepared to say much to the media about whether or not Varlamov will join the team in Dallas on Friday. "It's a law thing and it's important for me as a coach that I keep my focus on my team and we keep our focus there, and at the same time, let the law decide what's going to be," he said. "I'd rather wait for it to be confirmed by his lawyer than to start projecting things and then at the last minute have to turn back and say he can't play."