THE female reporter who was forcefully kissed on the lips by Kubrat Pulev claims the heavyweight boxer also “grabbed both of my buttocks”.
Jenny Sushe is taking legal action against the Bulgarian after he planted one on her mouth at the end of a post-fight interview following his win over Bogan Dinu on Saturday.
Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev grabbed reporter Jenny Sushe by her face and kissed her on the lips during a post-fight interview
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, she fumed: “What he did to me was disgusting, I felt humiliated.
“No woman should be treated this way.”
Pulev, who pulled out of a fight with Anthony Joshua in 2017, was hit by a huge backlash for suddenly grabbing Sushe’s face and kissing her, but insisted the pair are “friends” and “laughed about it later”.
But the Vegas Sports Daily journalist claims she only met Pulev, 37, earlier that day and that he asked for the unsavoury snog to be left out of the video.
She said: “I did not remove it, and instead I posted it, because I wanted people to see what he had done to me.”
In a clip which went viral, Sushe asks a bloodied Pulev, the IBF’s No1 heavyweight contender, whether he deserves a shot at Tyson Fury after knocking out Dinu in the seventh round.
He immediately replied “yes” before he put his hand on her chin and kissed her on the lips.
The unsuspecting interviewer awkwardly laughed it off, but furious fans on social media called for her to press charges.
After the kiss, the interview came to an end and Sushe said “Jesus Christ” while glaring at the camera.
Sushe 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.”
“Kissing a woman on the lips without her consent and grabbing her is not acceptable.Jenny Sushe
Sushe has hired high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred to fight her case against Pulev.
Allred, 77, specialises in sexual assault cases and is described as “the most famous woman attorney practising law in America today” on her official website.
Sushe hopes Allred can “help impose consequences” on Pulev.
She added: “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.”
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Vegas Sports Daily said Sushe was the “victim of an unwanted, unexpected and unsolicited forceful kiss” and are investigating the incident.
A statement read: “What happened to Ms Sushe was completely blindsiding and unwarranted and we share in her shock, hurt, embarrassment and general outrage.
“We want to make it clear that women should feel safe and comfortable to exercise the duties of their job, free of abuse, advances, harassment, etc in the workplace.”
Instagram Jenny Sushe is taking legal action against Kubrat Pulev for kissing her on the lips