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Reporter hires attorney, plans to take legal action against Kubrat Pulev

Jenny Sushe’s video showed a forced kiss, and she claims Pulev also groped her after the interview.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Press Conference Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Jenny Sushe, who was in Costa Mesa, Calif., for last Saturday’s ESPN boxing card where Kubrat Pulev stopped Bogdan Dinu in the main event, is planning to take legal action against Pulev for a post-fight interview incident.

You’ve probably seen the clip of Pulev forcing a kiss on Sushe, which became a hot topic across social media. Pulev posted a response, saying he and Sushe are friends.

“The reporter, Jenny, is actually a friend of mine, and after the interview, I was so elated I gave her a kiss,” Pulev wrote on Twitter. “Later that night, she joined me and my other friends at a post-fight celebration.

“On the video, after our kiss, we both laughed about it and thanked each other. There really is nothing more to this.”

According to Sushe, though, there is more to this. She claims Pulev also groped her off-camera. She and attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference on Thursday, where she claims she met Pulev for the first time on Friday, March 22, at the weigh-in before the event.

“I asked him if we could do an interview for Vegas Sports Daily. He said yes. We did a pre-fight interview,” Sushe said. “The next day, March 23, 2019, after the fight between Kubrat and Bogdan Dinu, I asked Kubrat for a post-fight interview. He said yes.”

Of the alleged incident, she said, “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.”

Sushe also discussed her attendance at the party after the fights.

“Later that night, a friend invited me to an after-party. There was an opportunity to interview more fighters, and therefore I decided to go,” she said. “Mr. Pulev did not join until the very end of the night. He acted like nothing happened, but later at the party, he asked me to remove the kiss from the interview.

“I did not remove it, and instead I posted it, because I wanted people to see what he had done to me. I wanted him to be accountable. I didn’t want him to get away with it. What he did to me was disgusting. I felt humiliated. No woman should be treated this way.

“Mr. Pulev and I were not friends, and were not in a romantic relationship. He had no right to kiss me.”

Allred has requested that the California State Athletic Commission induct an investigation, and they are asking for Pulev’s license to be suspended.

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