Jenny Sushe, the journalist at the center of the kissing controversy involving Kubrat Pulev, has hired a powerful lawyer.
The Vegas Sports Daily reporter has enlisted the help of Gloria Allred. She is the attorney currently involved in the claims against rapper R Kelly.
Allred is set to stage a press conference to reveal what action will be sought against Pulev, who is represented by Top Rank in the U.S.
Sushe was stunned on Saturday night. Pulev lunged in and gave her a passionate smooch after discussing his win over Bogdan Dinu in California.
Pulev has stated his actions were in jest. Also, that the pair enjoyed time together after the incident.
“The reporter, Jenny, is actually a friend of mine. And after the interview, I was so elated, I gave her a kiss,” explained Pulev.
“Later that night, she joined me and my other friends at my 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,” he added.
The Bulgarian’s attempt to brush off the encounter was contradicted by Vegas Sports Daily representative Mike Dixon earlier this week.
Dixon had confirmed an investigation was underway.
“On March 23, 2019 following the match between Kubrat Pulev and Bogdan Dinu, one of our contributors, Jenny Sushe was the victim of an unwanted, unexpected and unsolicited forceful kiss by Kubrat Pulev. She was attempting to conduct an interview with him following the match.
“We are working around the clock with Jenny Sushe, and Pulev’s management team to further investigate the matter. To determine appropriate steps/actions following this unfortunate event.
“We want to be clear that Vegas Sports Daily values the safety and well-being of our contributors above any ratings, clicks and revenue.
“Also, we pride ourselves on providing journalists who share our love of sports and quality content the platform. And space to do a job they love, free of abuse or harassment.
“What happened to Ms. Sushe was completely blindsiding and unwarranted. We share in her shock, hurt, embarrassment and general outrage.
“Secondly, Vegas Sports Daily prides itself on being a platform that advocates for and values women. Their contribution to our publication and the sports industry itself.
“We want to make it clear that women should feel safe. To feel comfortable to exercise the duties of their job. Free of abuse, advances, harassment, etc in the workplace.
“Ms. Sushe is a valued member of our contribution team .We do not condone the violation of the personal space of our contributors for any reason.
“We stand firmly behind Ms. Sushe as we continue to resolve this matter.
“Furthermore, we will be communicating further details as we uncover them.”
It’s clearly not the joke Pulev had outlined. In contrast, Sushe is set to speak out regarding the incident this week.
Top Rank is yet to make a formal comment on the situation. The action is ongoing due to the incident could get pretty serious for the boxer.
Pulev is one of the names currently in the mix to fight Tyson Fury in 2019.
The veteran is also the number one contender to Anthony Joshua’s IBF title.
Legal Action mounted
Lawyer statement due
Press conference announced