U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy were once partners that made a run to the semifinals of season 13 on Dancing with the Stars.
Solo—in a tell-all book entitled Solo: A Memoir of Hope—alleged that Chmerkovskiy slapped her in the face during a training session for the ABC program. The dancer has already vaguely alluded to the false nature of the claims via his Twitter feed but is now reportedly taking things a step further.
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...— Maksim Chmerkovskiy (@MaksimC) August 16, 2012
According to Naughty But Nice Rob of The Huffington Post, a source close to Chmerkovskiy told the reporter that legal recourse is being considered:
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.
Larry Brown of Larry Brown Sports noted that Dancing with the Stars films every single practice session, which would mean that if Solo truly were slapped, it would be on tape.
That should make it relatively easy to figure out who is telling the truth in this situation.
Hopefully the U.S. women’s national team’s goalie and the professional dancer can get this ugly issue sorted out quickly and quietly. The longer this stays in the gossip columns, the messier it will get.
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