Hope Solo Says Maksim Chmerkovskiy Slapper Her During DWTS
Hope Solo has come forward with some controversial revelations in her memoir Solo: A Memoir of Hope. The 31-year-old Olympian claims that her Dancing with the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her and manhandled her during their dance practices.
“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 writes in an excerpt from her book.
The soccer star also claims that he became frustrated with her during a Halloween episode. ”He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard.”
Solo says the 32-year old dancer apologized to her after the slapping incident. She also claims that ABC offered her a new partner, but she “didn’t want to end his career” or come off as a “prima donna.”
Sources say that Chmerkovskiy is confused and taken aback by the accusations. ”Always hated hypocrites and liars” tweeted the dancer “… but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense …”
He tells TMZ that the two have had several dinners together since the show’s end, and Solo tweeted to the dancer before the Olympics, offering him free seats to Team USA soccer games.
I guess it’s a case of ‘he said, she said.’