Hope Solo standing by her allegations of Maksim Chmerkovskiy abuse
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/20/2012
Hope Solo is sticking to her accusations that her former Dancing with the Stars professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her across the face and hit her in the stomach during thirteenth-season rehearsals.
"You have to understand, when you write a book like this, you're not free to just throw words out that aren't true. You don't think that people fact check a book and there isn't attorneys involved?" Solo told ESPN during a recent interview, according toAccess Hollywood.
"At the end of the day, I wrote this book and everybody knows that I speak the truth. That's what I do."
The Olympic soccer star has alleged in her recently-released memoir Solo: A Memoir of Hope that Chmerkovskiy "manhandled" her throughout her Dancing with the Stars experience last year. According to Solo, the pro dancer pushed her around, swore at her and was "nasty and harshly critical," USA Today reported last week.
While Chmerkovskiy seemingly alluded to her accusations on Twitter last week by writing that he feels bad for "hypocrites and liars," Solo apparently was convinced his general statement was directed at her in the form of a denial.
"I assumed, I expected them to come out and deny it," Solo reportedly told ESPN.
By referencing "them" in her comment, Solo is also apparently talking about upcoming Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars participant Kirstie Alley.
Alley -- who was partnered with Chmerkovskiy for the show's twelfth season and will be paired up with him again for the all-stars edition which premieres next month -- took to Twitter shortly after Chmerkovskiy and expressed her support by tweeting that she needed to bite her tongue or else a "girl fight" would break out.
Dancing with the Stars and Chmerkovskiy's representatives have both reportedly declined comment on the matter.