Pulev Contends He Never Groped Reporter
Kubrat Pulev continued to defend himself this week, after allegations by a female reporter that the heavyweight boxer not only kissed her during an interview, but made an unwanted sexual advance.
Jennifer Ravalo, known professionally as Jennifer SuShe, interviewed Pulev after stopping Bogdan Dinu on March 23rd. At the end of the interview, Pulev would randomly kiss SuShe.
The situation would continue late last week, as Ravalo retained the services of attorney, Gloria Allred, claiming that Pulev grabbed Ravalo in an unwelcomed manner, with Allred demanding the California State Athletic Commission to investigate the incident.
“He grabbed both of my buttocks and squeezed with both of his hands. Then he walked away without saying anything to me and laughed,” Ravalo told reporters.
“I did not encourage or consent to Mr. Pulev grabbing my face, kissing me, or grabbing my backside. I was there at the event covering the boxing match as a professional member of the press. Kissing a woman on her lips without her consent and grabbing her is not acceptable.”
Ravalo further claimed that Pulev invited her to a post-fight party, where he implored her to “remove the kiss from the interview,” which she refused to do.
Over the weekend, Pulev has been suspended by the Athletic Commission, with a hearing set for May 14th, that will see Ravalo in attendance.
“I’m not at fault and during the course of my career I’ve already had tens of of thousands interviews,” Pulev explained to German newspaper, BILD. “Everyone knows me as a friendly and polite person. The woman came to me during the weigh-in and said, ‘after the fight we’ll party.’ That’s not true [that I grabbed her buttocks]. And by the way: This woman is not my type. I’m not afraid, I also have videos if necessary,” Pulev said to German daily BILD.
“After the fight, she then came to our hotel lobby for a party. She was happy, laughed and made a lot of compliments. Tell me that I’m the best, the most handsome.”
As reported over the weekend, video released by Pulev’s team showed Ravalo at the post-fight party, sitting in the lap of one of Pulev’s team members, and photos of the reporter with members of Pulev’s team.
“I was right next to it. It was after the fight. Kubrat was interviewed by a pretty, very friendly young woman. Yes, and then he gave her a kiss. That was out of the emotion. The claim that Pulev had caught her buttocks is not true,” Pulev’s 76-year-old trainer, Ulli Wegner said.