In her new memoir ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope,’ Olympic soccer star Hope Solo accuses Maksim Chmerkovskiy of abusing her during Dancing with the Stars rehearsals last year.
"He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. I thought that was just how it went -- how dancers worked with each other," she writes. "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."
In another incident, Chmerkovskiy allegedly slapped Solo, 31, across the face. "He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard," she claims.
ABC was apparently aware of Chmerkovskiy’s behavior. Solo says she was offered a different partner, but she refused because she “didn't want to end Maks' career.”
ABC and Chmerkovskiy, 32, have not officially responded to Solo’s allegations. Chmerkovskiy appeared to refer to the situation in a Tweet on Thursday. “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 ..." he wrote.
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