Girlfriend of Avalanche goalie, Semyon Varlamov, speaks out

10:17 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
Evgeniya Vavrinyuk talks to Anastasiya Bolton Nov. 22.
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KUSA - The girlfriend of Colorado Avalanche goalie, Semyon Varlamov, is speaking out after the assault case against her boyfriend was dismissed Friday.

Varlamov, 25, was charged with third-degree assault Nov. 22. The case was dismissed because prosecutors say they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

"I don't think it was a question if [investigators] believed her or not," Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told 9NEWS. "It was more a question of what evidence we had or didn't have."

Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, 24, says she left "vulnerable, alone and confused" in a foreign country where she did not speak the language after she reported the incident.

She says the encounter happened in late Oct. at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Vavrinyuk had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.

"While Semyon continued to play hockey, his fans and his employer, the Colorado Avalanche, rallied to his support," she said in a statement released Monday.

"Meanwhile, many people made derogatory remarks about me and several people profited from my dire circumstances, including those whom I unfortunately trusted."

In the statement, she says she is no longer represented by the person who originally took on her case.

"Robert Abrams (and Abrams & Associates LLC) does not have authorization to represent me in any way, not even to speak about my case," Vavrinyuk said. "I terminated Mr. Abrams' representation on Dec. 7, 2013."

Morrissey said Friday a civil lawyer representing Vavrinyuk was selling interviews to the media.

9NEWS Crime and Justice Reporter Anastasiya Bolton spoke with Vavrinyuk after the October incident was reported.

Vavrinyuk, who only speaks Russian, told Bolton she and Varlamov had known each other for four years but were only together for a year.

Vavrinyuk said they broke up and got back together twice. She told 9NEWS she went to police this time because she's in the U.S.

"I want the American government to defend me," she said in November. "I want everyone to know, all the fans to know, that he's not the great Semyon Varlamov. Great people don't beat up their women. They don't belittle them, throw out like dogs. I want people to know this; that this man can be an animal."

The story of the hockey star is all over the Russian media. One channel interviewed Semyon's father, who told them, "I know Semyon is innocent."

Varlamov was born in Samara, Russia and started playing for the Capitals in the 2008-09 season. He was drafted by Washington in 2006 in the first round (23rd overall).

He is also expected to be the starting goalie for Russia's hockey team at the Olympics in Sochi. The team has not been officially named yet.

Vavrinyuk still stands by her decision to report the incident.

"It took a lot of courage for me to report what happened and to end a relationship I believed would lead to marriage, family and a life together. I still believe I did the right thing. I believe in God. I believe that God will help me get through this and help me find peace."

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