The charges against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov were dropped by a Denver judge at the request of prosecutors. The Denver district attorney’s office did not believe that their case against Varlamov was strong enough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," said district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough. "It became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
Varlamov was formally charged on Nov. 22 with third-degree assault following an incident on Oct. 30 where the 25-year-old goaltender allegedly assaulted Evgeniya Vavrinyuk (his girlfriend at the time). He was originally charged with both assault and second-degree kidnapping, but the kidnapping charge was dropped in Nov.
Varlamov’s camp maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings; which last saw him appear in court on Dec. 2. According to the Denver Post, witnesses statements began to shift when they were reinterviewed by the prosecution.
"Mr. Varlamov will continue to focus exclusively on hockey and his family, and is grateful to the Avalanche ownership, management and coaching staff, his teammates, Colorado Avs fans, the Russian Federation and fellow countrymen for their unwavering support," said defense attorney Saskia Jordan in a statement.
Varlamov has yet to comment or release a statement on the matter since the dismissal.