Russian triathlete Roman Paramonov recently apologized to his ex-wife Nadezhda Semenyuk on Russia TV, after she recalled his alleged abuse while wearing a bandage (video below).
Semenyuk, who sported two black eyes, said on the talk show "Let Them Speak" that her ex hit her as she was leaving a Moscow stadium -- where Paramonov was training -- with her son Ivan, notes the Daily Mail.
The two reportedly had an argument, which allegedly escalated into the assault.
In response to the public shaming, Paramonov walked on stage, handed his ex some flowers, and apologized, but she did not seem impressed.
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Semenyuk reportedly suffered a concussion, several bruises and a broken nose. She asserted that after the incident, a security guard refused to call the cops or an ambulance.
Semenyuk also alleged that Paramonov assaulted her many times during their marriage and twice after they split up.
Paramonov reportedly became angry when Semenyuk started dating another man following the divorce. Friends of the couple said there have been arguments over alimony; Paramonov and Semenyuk have three children.
Paramonov initially denied the abuse: "There is a mess in my head. I didn't beat anyone. She portrayed it like that. I deeply regret that this happened and that there is so much speculation on it."
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However, while talking to his ex-wife on TV, Paramonov said: "I am guilty that I raised a hand on the woman I love and the mother of my children."
Police are investigating the allegations of domestic abuse, but Slate noted in early February that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law to decriminalize most domestic violence, a move supported by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Under the new law, beating an elderly parent, spouse or child only results in a fine if the victim doesn't require hospitalization for injuries.
If a person is convicted of abuse, the jail sentence is 15 days, as long as the perpetrator doesn't beat the victim more than once every year.
The church supports lighter punishments for abusers because it believes the state should not get involved in family matters. The church insists that severe domestic-abuse punishments represent liberal values that Western society seeks to impose on Russia.