Lawyer: Semyon Varlamov stomped victim; father says he's innocent

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov surrendered to Denver police on Wednesday night on an assault 2 charge and a third-degree charge of kidnapping of somebody he knew. Beyond that, not much detail was given behind the matter.

While Varlamov spent the night in Denver County Jail to await a hearing on Thursday morning, details emerged from the victim and her lawyer, who spoke with CBS4 in Denver.

Varlamov's girlfriend, referred to as E.V. by her lawyer, claims that the goaltender beat her up in a drunken rage. It was also not the first time this has allegedly happened. Here's more from attorney Robert Abrams:

"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 in to the wall, she went to floor and then he was stomping on her and that's what caused the bruising and the damage."

Abrams told CBS4 E.V. 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.

The allegations -- which it should be pointed out are just that at this moment, allegations -- are clearly very heavy. Varlamov would be facing major ramifications such as deportation for this if they are proven true (also: hopefully the victim is and will be OK, that cannot be understated).

On Varlamov's behalf, his father Alexander spoke to RSport and defended his son's innoncence in this situation.

"There will be a hearing, and only afterwards will we be able to give some kind of comment," Alexander Varlamov said. "I can only say one thing with complete responsibility: No crime has been committed whatsoever," he added.

"The media have simply blown the situation out of proportion: There was no kidnapping, even less any kind of acts of violence. I can't say any more, because the lawyer won't be too happy,"

His father wasn't the only one claiming Varlamov is innocent. His attorney also insisted that his client did nothing wrong to the Denver Post.

On Thursday morning Varlamov faced a judge where bail was set at $5,000 and Varlamov was granted permission to travel.

 
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