DENVER (CBS4) – The lawyer representing Colorado Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varlamov’s girlfriend says Varlamov beat her up in a drunken rage, and that similar incidents have happened in the past.
Robert Abrams represents the woman seen in the photos below. He referred to her as “E.V.”
Abrams said Tuesday’s alleged incident that led to an arrest for Varlamov on domestic violence-related charges was one in a string of abusive incidents, and that this was the breaking point.
“This time E.V. said to us ‘That’s it, go lock him up,’ ” Abrams said. “This girl is 5-foot-3, 100-and-nothing pounds, he’s 6-foot-2, a 210 pound professional athlete. This is a very sizeable force approaching you and this is terrifying.”
Abrams says Varlamov “threw her into the wall, she went to the floor and then he was stomping on her and that’s what caused the bruising and the damage.”
Abrams told CBS4 his client claims Varlamov spent Monday afternoon drinking excessively and that on Tuesday morning the assault took place inside Valamov’s apartment in the Glass House building in Denver, not far from the Pepsi Center where the Avalanche play.
Abrams says the woman was hospitalized for her injuries.
Varlamov turned himself in to Denver police on Wednesday night after a warrant went out for his arrest and he was jailed. He bonded out after appearing before a judge on Thursday morning.
“The arrest warrant was issued for second degree kidnapping, a class 4 felony, and third degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor,” Denver police spokesman Sgt. Steve Warneke said.
The Avalanche with new coach (and former Hall of Fame goalie) Patrick Roy have been on a tear to start the season. They lost only one of their 11 games in the first month of the season, and Varlamov has been a key part of that success. The team’s next game is on Friday night in Dallas.
The Avalanche released a statement on Wednesday, saying the “organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.”
Varlamov, 25, grew up in Russia. In July 2011 the Avalanche acquired him from the Washington Capitals in exchange for draft picks.