VIDEO: PULEV ACCUSER GAVE LAPDANCE AT BOXER’S GATHERING
On March 28, 2019, Veronica Harms, California State Athletic Commission Deputy Director of Communications, announced:
“before he will be licensed to fight in California again, boxer Kubrat Pulev must appear in front of the commission and demonstrate that he will conform to this principle of respect.”
The statement from Harms and the CSAC referred to a March 15, 2019, incident that took place shortly after heavyweight contender Pulev stopped Bogdan Dinu in the 7th round of a boxing match in Costa Mesa, CA.
After the fight Pulev took part in a short video interview with a woman named Jennifer Ravalo. Ravalo, who refers to herself as “Jenny Sushe,” on her multiple social media accounts of which profile photos have shown her partially nude, was reportedly covering the fight for the recently-launched website VegasSportsDaily.com.
At the conclusion of the interview, which was posted to Ravalo’s Youtube.com account with the innocuous comment, “Interview w/ Kubrat Pulev after win over Dinu. Pulev talks about training, his team and what’s next,” and can be seen below, Pulev kissed Ravalo.
What has gone virtually unreported until today is another interview Ravalo did with Pulev the day before the fight that is also posted to Ravalo’s Youtube account and went on without incident:
Two weeks after Pulev’s victory over Dinu, on March 28, 2019, attorney Gloria Allred hosted a media gathering in Los Angeles in which Ravalo read a statement which included the following excerpts:
“I conducted the interview in a backstage area inside his tent. I started the interview. Mid-interview, he grabbed my face and kissed me. I was immediately shocked and embarrassed, and didn’t know how to respond.
“Next, I walked to the table to put my items in my backpack. He grabbed both of my buttocks and squeezed with both of his hands. Then he walked away without saying anything to me and laughed.
“It made me feel uncomfortable and frustrated that Kubrat Pulev would treat me in such an unprofessional manner. 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.”
In the two weeks between the interview in question and Ravalo retaining Allred and releasing her statement to the public, which contained no specified demands other than that the CSAC suspend Pulev’s boxing license pending a hearing on the matter – to which the CSAC immediately complied – the CSAC nor any other boxing organization showed any sign of sanctioning the fighter.
Then early this morning a video was posted to the timeline of the Facebook page of a group of Pulev fans which showed Ravalo at a March 15, 2019, postfight gathering held for Pulev.
In the video Ravalo is shown smiling as she grinds her buttocks into the lap of an unknown man while also being heard to say, “Wait, f—, no video, right?”
While it is self-evident that Pulev’s conduct during the interview was inappropriate, the above video may or may not explain why Ravalo and Allred have apparently not chosen – at least so far – to charge Pulev with a crime. The lapdance video also provides context to the following response Pulev released on Twitter after Ravalo initially posted their post-fight interview video online:
For the most commented kiss in the world! pic.twitter.com/T1Ktlprff4
— Kubrat Pulev (@KubratPulev) March 26, 2019
While it is never appropriate for a man to force an unwelcomed kiss upon a woman under any circumstances, the video of Ravalo giving a lapdance to an unidentified man at a Pulev post-fight gathering somewhat explains Pulev’s response and may or may not mitigate how seriously the CSAC takes the incident as it mulls reinstating the Bulgarian’s boxing license in the state of California.