The last we heard from Hope Solo, she was getting bitch-slapped by Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing with the Stars. Well, now it seems the shoe is on the other foot and Hope is the one doing the slapping, as she was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning for domestic violence against her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Whaaaaat?
From The Seattle Times:
Kirkland police have released the following account of the incident and arrest:
On June 21st 2014 and just before 1:00 am, Kirkland Police Department Patrol Units responded to a 911 call of a disturbance in the 10600 block of 124th AVE NE. The male caller stated that a female at the residence was “hitting people” and they could not get her to stop or to leave the house. Officer arrived and immediately heard the sounds of the disturbance inside the residence.
They entered and contacted several persons; one being Hope A Stevens (Solo) who appeared intoxicated and upset. As officers made contact, they observed visible injuries on Solo’s 17-year-old nephew and on Solo’s sister. After receiving statements of the persons involved, Officers determined that Solo was the primary aggressor and had instigated the assault.
Solo was arrested on 2 counts of Domestic Violence Assault 4th Degree and booked into the south King County detention facility (SCORE). Solo will have a mandatory court appearance Monday June 23rd at the Kirkland Municipal Court, with the time yet to be determined.
The Seattle Reign FC released a statement on the overnight arrest of the team’s goalkeeper, Hope Solo: “We are aware of the situation regarding Hope Solo and are currently gathering information. We have no further comments at this time.”
U.S. Soccer released a statement, too: “We are aware of the situation. At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”
Damn, what the hell? I know alcohol makes people get wild in various ways, and we’ve all heard (or possibly experienced?) drunk people getting violent, and it’s just not cool. I’m sure Hope feels awful now that she’s had time to sober up and consider what she did, but I think it’s a good idea if the woman never touches alcohol again. What the law should do beyond that I’m not quite sure – I suppose it’s up to whether or not her sister and nephew decide to press charges (which they most likely won’t want to do). What a nightmare – hopefully she gets some serious help.
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“I think this is what it is, and hopefully no one takes it wrong. His [Maksim's] way is hard. We all know about it. If a lady doesn’t like to be treated in a hard way on the dance floor with Maks, then they should tell the producer, ‘I don’t want to get in on this ride. Because I’m scared.’”
This would be Gilles Marini, one of this year’s upcoming stars on Dancing With the Stars all-stars, telling us why Hope Solo’s letting the world know that Maksim Chmerkovskiy (who is a dick and has a damned near impossible-to-type last name) is an abusive, overbearing dunce.
And now, wait. Assuming this is right and real and everything, we’re just supposed to let it be OK because Maksim‘s “way is hard”? Because it involves slapping people around and forcefully bending their physical beings into different positions and that would be why, because there’s just no other way of helping people learn to dance properly? Oh, OK. Now that you put it that way, I suppose it makes all sorts of sense.
On the real, though? First, Maks is lucky that Hope didn’t turn around and punch him in the mouth the first time he did it, because damn. I know that if it were me he decided to manhandle, his next appearance on live television would be complete with a black eye and fewer teeth.
As for the show’s producers, this kind of imposing attitude is alright because everyone knows about it? And everyone goes along with it because that’s just the way it’s always been? That’s nice, ABC networks. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised, though—this is the network that allowed Chris Brown to perform on Good Morning America just a couple months after he beat the piss out of Rihanna, but told Adam Lambert he was too gay for their audiences.
I hope for this douche’s sake that these allegations aren’t true—and if they aren’t, then maybe someone should tell Gilles Marini that running his mouth doesn’t make him the frontrunner to win in this year’s circus of washed-up hasbeens who allow themselves to be exploited by crap television networks who SUCK.
“He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” the Olympian, 31, writes in Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
“I thought that was just how it went – how dancers worked with each other,” she continues. “But it kept getting worse. … One day, Maks was trying to put me in a certain position and hit my stomach so hard with his open palm that I had a red handprint there for the rest of the day.”
Solo, goalie for the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s soccer team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, says that ABC offered her a new pro partner after Chmerkovskiy slapped her during rehearsal for the show’s 2011 Halloween episode.
“He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard,” she writes, according to USA Today.
She declined a new partner, she says, because “she didn’t want to end [his] career.”
… Um. Wow?
This is what Maksim had to say in unofficial response via Twitter:
Always hated hypocrites and liars…but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense…
This is a whole lot of information to process. If it is true, why wasn’t it brought to the attention of the public, or at least law enforcement, while it was happening? Why wait so long, and why put it in a memoir, when something could have been done about it at a much sooner juncture? If it isn’t true … why would Hope Solo go ahead and make these kinds of allegations? Because come on. They’re pretty damn serious if you ask me. “Slapped across the face”? “Hard”? Yikes.