Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – The domestic violence case against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been dropped at the request of prosecutors.
Varlamov, 25, was arrested in October on suspicion of felony kidnapping and assault of his girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, 24.
Vavrinyuk alleged that Varlamov drunkenly kicked her, knocked her down and grabbed her by her hair.
She was also supposedly threatened by Varlamov who told her in Russian that “if this were Russia, he would have beat her more.”
Police noted in reports that the Oct. 29 encounter inside the couple’s downtown apartment left the woman bruised.
Prosecutors earlier declined to file the kidnapping charge for lack of evidence.
They asked a judge Friday to dismiss the misdemeanor assault charge as they couldn’t prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“That’s not to say we don’t believe our victim,” district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said.
“I maintained then and maintain now my client was always totally innocent of these charges,” said Varlamov’s agent, Paul Theofanous.
Defense attorney Saskia Jordan said that Varlamov was pleased by the dismissal and “that a just result was achieved without the necessity of a trial.”