Dancing with the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy Considers Suing Hope Solo

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy attend ESPN the Magazine's 3rd annual Body Issue party at Highline Stages on October 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Hope Solo is drawing legal heat thanks to allegations she placed in her new book, SOLO: A Memoir of Hope.

The Huffington Post reports that Maksim Chmerkovskiy is living up to his billing as "Mad Maks"—all because he says allegations that he was physically abusive to his Dancing with the Stars partner are completely false. 

The report has a snippet of what was written in the new memoir form the star goalkeeper: "He was often nasty, swearing at me and being harshly critical," Hope writes. "He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly."

That's some serious stuff that pretty much damages the dancing star's image. He has always been an outspoken and demanding lead, but getting physical would be grossly out of bounds. 

In fact, I would think that ABC would have thoughts on excusing Chmerkovskiy from the show altogether if the claims are indeed substantiated. 

However, proof is a little thin these days. 

A source close to the situation states that Chmerkovskiy is being wrongly accused of the alleged altercations during training:

Maks is one of the nicest guys in the world. This is 100 percent not true. At the moment, Maks and ABC are not making any public statements, as they are considering legal options. Not only did Hope not tell the truth in the book, she also signed a contract with the producers of 'DWTS' and could be in breach of contract.

We reported earlier that Solo made similar claims about her former U.S. women's national team coach, Greg Ryan—claims he flatly denies. At that point, we stated that we wished no harm on anyone and hoped the allegations weren't true.

However, Solo better hope she is telling the truth. 

We await closure on this issue before passing judgement. Placing falsities in a book to drive sales would be deplorable, and we have to think it would destroy Solo's near-perfect image. 

Solo's tell-all book has some pretty amazing tales, but now it's time to find out the truth. 


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