The spotlight shone on Kings blueliner Slava Voynov last week after he was arrested on domestic violence charges, but it's shifted back to Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov now. Varlamov's ex-girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, has slapped him with a civil lawsuit stemming from last year's domestic violence incident.
Last fall, misdemeanor assault charges against Varlamov, which could've resulted in jail time, were dropped. Denver prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the charges because they believed they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt Varlamov assaulted Vavrinyuk Oct. 29, 2013. District attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimsborough insisted "that's not to say we don't believe our victim," however.
Now, Vavrinyuk will look for justice a second time against Varlamov, as TMZ Sports has learned of the lawsuit, in which she will seek more than $1 million, according to TMZ's sources.
The suit, filed in Colorado by attorney Keith Fink, contains scathing and serious allegations. Stick tap to Pro Hockey Talk, who obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which can be read here. It corroborates TMZ's reports and alleges Vavriynuk "feared for her life." The suit describes the alleged assaults in disturbing detail. Here's an excerpt chronicling the first alleged assault. To warn you, the content is graphic:
10. Defendant Varlamov first attacked and beat Plaintiff Vavrinyuk in November 2012. 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 andthat he planned to resume drinking at another bar. Plaintiff pled with Defendant to stay with her. She tried to take Defendant’s cell phone 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.
11. The following day, Vavrinyuk woke in the afternoon, bruised and bloodied. Whenshe saw Defendant, he swore to her that he loved her more than anything and that he felt ashamed and embarrassed at his behavior the night before. He begged her for a second chance. He told her that he was so drunk he had no control over his behavior, that he would never drink as much again, and that he would never beat or attack her again. Believing Defendant’s lies, Plaintiff Vavrinyuk continued to date and live with Defendant.
The suit also claims Varlamov abused Vavriynuk when they lived in Russia, but that police would never file or report any charges due to Varlamov's celebrity status.
Despite Varlamov getting off on the criminal charges last year, he is far from out of the woods, as the burden of proof tends to be far lower in civil court.
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