Jennifer Ravalo takes legal action against boxer, Kubrat Pulev over a kiss
Jennifer Ravalo, the sports reporter who was kissed on the lips by heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev is taking legal action against the fighter.
Jennifer Ravalo, who works for Vegas Sports Daily, has said the Bulgarian “had no right” to kiss her at the end of a post-match interview live on air.
She also claimed in a news conference on Thursday that Pulev grabbed her buttocks and “squeezed with both of his hands” later that evening.
Ms Ravalo also said that Pulev “acted like nothing happened” at an after-party that night and asked her to “remove the kiss from the interview”.
She said: “I did not remove it, and instead I posted it, because I wanted people to see what he had done to me.”
Pulev grabbed Ms Ravalo’s face and kissed her after his knockout win over Bogdan Dinu on Saturday 23 March.
The 37-year-old boxer was widely criticised on social media for the kiss, as the reporter said she found the incident “embarassing” and “strange”.
Pulev claimed in a tweet on Tuesday that the pair were friends and had “laughed” about the kiss, but Ms Ravalo has since rebuffed the claim.
The reporter said in her news conference that she first met Pulev at a weigh-in on the day before the fight.
Reflecting on what happened after the heavyweight bout, she said:
“I asked Kubrat for a post-fight interview and he said yes.
“I started the interview and mid-interview he grabbed my face and kissed me.
“I was immediately shocked and embarrassed and I did not know how to respond.
“Next I walked to a 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.”
Ms Ravalo has hired lawyer Gloria Allred who has been involved in a string of high profile cases.
The reporter added that she hopes Mrs Allred can “help impose consequences” on Pulev.
“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 the lips without her consent and grabbing her is not acceptable.”
“What he did to me was disgusting, I felt humiliated. “No woman should be treated this way.”