A female reporter who was kissed by a boxer without her consent during a post-fight interview last weekend says the athlete didn’t stop there.
He also grabbed and squeezed her buttocks, laughing as he walked away, she alleged in a press conference Thursday with her attorney, Gloria Allred.
Reporter Jenny Sushe, a contributor to Vegas Sports Daily, was interviewing Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev after his victory in Costa Mesa, California, last Saturday, when he decided to kiss her.
Following the kiss – a video of which has since gone viral, Allred said – Sushe, whose legal surname is Ravalo, said she was “shocked and embarrassed, and didn’t know how to respond.”
She then walked over to a table to put her things into her backpack. That’s when Sushe says Pulev grabbed her buttocks.
CNN has been unable to reach Pulev regarding the latest allegations. Pulev’s promoter, Top Rank, and his attorney, John Wirt, both declined to comment Thursday.
Pulev previously said in a statement posted to Twitter that he and Sushe are friends, and that they laughed it off. “There really is nothing more to this,” he said in the statement.
Sushe disputed that claim, saying she and Pulev are not friends, and had only met the day before for a pre-fight interview.
“I did not encourage or consent to Mr. Pulev grabbing my face, kissing me, or grabbing my backside,” Sushe said. “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.”
As a result, Sushe and Allred have sent a letter to Andy Foster, the director of the California State Athletic Commission, which oversees boxing in the state. They’ve asked the commission to “conduct an immediate investigation” into the allegations, and that Pulev’s license to compete in the state be suspended.
Allred also called for Pulev’s alleged actions to be on the agenda of the Commission’s May 14 hearing, and that she and Sushe be allowed to testify.
The California State Athletic Commission said in a statement sent to CNN Thursday that it took the incident seriously.
“On Tuesday Pulev was notified that, before he will be licensed to fight in California again, he must appear in front of the commission and demonstrate that he conforms to this principle of respect,” the statement said.
In his statement characterizing the incident as a friendly exchange, Pulev also claimed Sushe joined him and his friends for a victory party later that evening.
She said a friend did invite her to the party that evening, but she had gone in hopes of interviewing other boxers.
When Pulev showed up later that night, he “acted like nothing happened,” Sushe said, but later asked her to “remove the kiss from the interview.”
“I did not remove it and instead posted it because I wanted people to see what he had done to me,” she told reporters. “I wanted him to be accountable. I didn’t want him to get away with it. What he did to me was disgusting.”
Sushe said she hopes no woman ever has to deal with this treatment again.
CNN’s Sarah Moon, Cheri Mossburg and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.