Kubrat Pulev, Bulgarian boxer, has been suspended by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) after he kissed a female journalist on the lips during an interview without her consent.
According to the BBC report, video clips surfaced online of Pulev embracing the Vegas Sports Daily's reporter Jennifer Ravalo when inquired about fighting Tyson Fury.
The 37-year-old Pulev insists the duo were friends while Ravalo claims she only met him a day before his fight with Romania's Bogdan Dinu in Costa Mesa, California on Saturday.
In the meantime, Pulev has been summoned to appear at the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), as they view the incident seriously.
"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,” CSAC added.
On her part, Ravalo addressed a news conference, claiming that she suffered humiliation after Pulev’s act.
"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 butto*ks 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.
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"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,” noted Ravalo, who works under the name Jenny SuShe.
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