Slava Voynov police report: argument details, choking, kicking alleged

Kings defenseman Slava Voynov listens to proceedings during a court appearance on Dec. 1
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Slava Voynov allegedly told his wife “he wanted a divorce” and “there would be no more money” and repeatedly kicked her during an October altercation between the couple that led to a felony domestic violence charge against the Kings defenseman.

The details are part of a Redondo Beach Police report on the situation obtained by The Times through a public records request.

Voynov has pleaded not guilty to the charge and faces a March 2 trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.


Marta Varlamova, Voynov’s wife, told police the couple started arguing during a Halloween party. Voynov removed her costume glasses and stomped on them, then, outside the venue, he punched her in the left jaw, according to the report.

When asked by police what the argument was about, Varlamova “stated that she could not remember,” the report said.

The dispute continued in the bedroom of the couple’s Redondo Beach home, Varlamova told police. Voynov, she said, choked her with both hands three times.

“Voynov pushed her to the ground approximately six to seven times with both hands, telling her that he wanted a divorce and to ‘Get out,’ “ the report said.

Varlamova told police that Voynov then kicked her five to six times while on the ground. She said she screamed for him to stop.

When she rose, the report said, Voynov pushed her into the corner of a flat-screen television mounted on the wall, opening a gash above Varlamova’s left eye. Varlamova said the couple’s bedroom was “covered in her blood.”


“Voynov ‘got scared’ and the attack stopped,” the report said.

Attorneys for Voynov and Varlamova have maintained the alleged incident was an accident.

In a court filing last week, Voynov’s attorneys asked the judge to exclude two recorded interviews police conducted with Varlamova on Oct. 20. The attorneys said Varlamova, who speaks Russian, doesn’t understand English and wasn’t provided a translator during what they termed an “interrogation.” They called the police questions “coercive” and asserted the officers had “already decided upon a version of events.”

An attorney for Voynov declined to comment Wednesday on the police report.

At Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, where Varlamova sought treatment, the Redondo Beach officers noted she had bruising, swelling and a 1.2-inch laceration above her left eye, in addition to “red marks and scratches” around her neck. She “complained of pain to her entire body.”

“The marks appeared to be consistent with her statement regarding the physical altercation that occurred,” the report said.

A doctor used eight stitches to close the cut and ordered a tetanus shot during the two-hour visit.

Last week’s court filing by Voynov’s attorneys said Varlamova indicated to a nurse that Voynov was responsible for her injury and that this wasn’t the first time such a thing had occurred. The filing described the nurse’s questions as “leading” and “unnecessary.”

Torrance Police officers first responded to the medical center at 11:58 p.m. on Oct. 19 after a call from a nurse.


Later, in the emergency room lobby, after Redondo Beach police were called, an officer asked Voynov how Varlamova was injured.

“Voynov stated she hit the edge of the television as she was getting out of bed,” the report said. “Voynov denied striking and pushing [Varlamova] into the television. No further questions were asked.”

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