Last October, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested for allegedly abusing Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, his girlfriend, only to have the case dismissed a couple of months later. Now, Vavrinyuk has filed a civil suit against Varlamov, claiming years of horrific abuse in Russia and beyond leading up to the Denver incident. Continue for the disturbing details, plus photos, videos and two original documents filled with strong accusations against the Avs star.
As we've reported, an October 30 arrest report also shared below 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.
"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:
Vavrinyuk subsequently made the media rounds, claiming that Varlamov had laughed as he beat her. But Varlamov was allowed to keep playing through the drama even as Vavrinyuk was savaged on sports-talk radio as a stereotypically crazy girlfriend. That may explain why the case dropped off the media's radar so quickly after the third-degree assault beef against Varlamov was dismissed in late December.
Now, however, Vavrinyuk has resurfaced via the lawsuit, which is filled with tales of brutal beatings interspersed with reunions and apologies.
Vavrinyuk, described as a "former law student," is said to have met Varlamov circa 2009 in their shared home town of Samara, Russia. They dated for a few weeks before Varlamov began his NHL career, then reconnected a couple of years later. In a turn of phrase that can't be coincidental, the lawsuit maintains that "they immediately hit it off a second time," with Vavrinyuk inviting her to visit him in Denver.
Shortly thereafter, Varlamov returned to Russia amid an NHL lockout, and Vavrinyuk moved in with him.
The first violent act recounted in the suit allegedly took place in November 2012.
Here's an excerpt:
While out at dinner on one particular evening, Defendant Varlamov drank heavily and became hostile and aggressive toward Plaintiff Vavrinyuk. When Vavrinyuk pleaded with him to return home with her and sleep off his intoxication, he grew increasingly hostile toward Plaintiff, calling her various humiliating names and slurs. Although they took a cab to go home, he announced to her during the ride that he was not going inside and that he planned to resume drinking at another bar. Plaintiff pled with Defendant to stay with her. She tried to take Defendant's cellphone out of his hands, in response to which Defendant punched Vavrinyuk in the face as they drove home in the cab. When Vavrinyuk tried to push away, Defendant repeatedly punched her in the back of her head over and over in a drunken animal rage. When they arrived at their destination, Vavrinyuk ran out of the cab. Defendant chased after her, kicking her in the back into the snow, grabbing her by the hair, and punching and kicking her repeatedly while Vavrinyuk lay helpless on the ground. When he was finished, he took his cellphone out of Vavrinyuk's hands, returned to the waiting cab, and left.
The next day, Varlamov "swore to her that he loved her more than anything and that he felt ashamed and embarrassed at his behavior the night before," the suit maintains -- and Vavrinyuk decided to give him a second chance.
It wouldn't be the last one.
The suit claims that the beatings continued and were so severe that "their neighbors called the police." But Vavrinyuk says the authorities were of no help. "Although police showed up, they refused to file any report or press charges on Plaintiff Vavrinyuk's behalf due to Defendant Varlamov's celebrity hockey player status in Russia," the suit allows. "The officers even shook his hand and wished him the best of luck the following season after speaking to the beaten and bruised Vavrinyuk."
Despite these experiences, Vavrinyuk accepted Varlamov's invitation to live with him in Denver after the NHL lockout ended in January 2013. A month later, the suit says Varlamov "told Vavrinyuk that he wanted her to move back to Russia. Defendant Varlamov told Vavrinyuk that he believed he might seriously hurt Vavrinyuk if and when he got drunk again." But he's said to have changed his mind a few months later, and they got back together.
Unfortunately, a June vacation in the Maldives islands turned into a nightmare.
The suit alleges:
Approximately one week into the vacation, Defendant Varlamov again grew extremely drunk and began screaming and throwing things at Plaintiff Vavrinyuk at a bar. After they left, he continued his aggressive, violent behavior, pulling Vavrinyuk's hair down to the ground to force her face into a muddy puddle of water. He then dragged her to their hotel room where he continued to beat her and throw things at her through the evening. His repeated attacks caused Vavrinyuk to bleed all over the hotel room floor and furnishings. Defendant Varlamov continued to beat Vavrinyuk until he passed out exhausted from the effort. The following morning, Defendant Varlamov shook Plaintiff awake. In a panic, Varlamov pleaded with Vavrinyuk to help him clean up the bloody mess he had created in their hotel room. He told Plaintiff that their hotel room neighbors may have heard them fighting and that security may be sent to the room any minute. Defendant Varlamov feared possible arrest and begged Vavrinyuk, his repeat victim, to help Varlamov hide evidence of his attack on her. Varlamov otherwise cried, begged Plaintiff for forgiveness, and again blamed his out-of-control alcoholism for his violent behavior. Plaintiff Vavrinyuk helped him clean the hotel room, but not before photographing some of the bloody mess he had made repeatedly throwing her against the hotel room walls.
Another separation followed -- but the couple began communicating again after that. Following a meeting at the Chophouse in LoDo during a pre-Halloween party on October 28, 2013, Varlamov is said to have invited Vavrinyuk to stay at his place, and she agreed. But the suit maintains that he attacked her the next morning in the incident recounted above.
Vavrinyuk didn't immediately contact the police afterward because she speaks no English -- but a friend did so on her behalf.
The suit lists three causes of action: assault, battery and "intentional infliction of severe emotional distress." The prayer for relief lists the following demands:
1. For general and compensatory damages, including prejudgment interest, in accordance with proof at the time of trial;
2. For punitive damages, as the Complaint will be amended and alleged at a later time and thus to be determined at trial;
3. For Plaintiff's costs and attorneys' fees, where permitted; and
4. For such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.
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