Maksim Chmerkovskiy clarifies home "intruder" was actually "civil dispute" with police and former owner
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/26/2017
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is clearing up the whole "intruder" incident that initially led fans to believe a "break-in" had occurred at his home, potentially putting his fiancee Peta Murgatroyd and their baby son Shai in harm's way.
Maksim explained the story during a Tuesday interview with Maria Menounos on her podcast. TheDancing with the Stars pro said it all started with a "full-out knocking" at his Hollywood home that woke him up in the middle of the night.
"That was some bullsh-t... So at like 2:20AM, I wake up to full-out knocking. I come down, there's cops and they're like, 'There's a dude outside that's claiming this is his house.' I'm like, 'Wait, what?' It was pretty wild. But I guess it's an ongoing thing with the ex-owner of this house who, by the way, talk about Hollyweird, used to be some rock singer, or rockband frontman or something," Maksim revealed.
According to the pro dancer, Maksim showed his renter's agreement to authorities as proof he's renting the residence and also asked to see the two men -- whom Maksim claimed were "belligerent drunk" -- in case there was ever another sighting of them in the neighborhood.
"It was just funny to me, the whole thing. It was at 2:30 in the morning -- I couldn't understand what's happening," Maksim admitted, before explaining that's why he missed his Tuesday morning Good Morning America appearance with his Dancing with the Stars celebrity partner Heather Morris following their Monday night elimination from the show.
"And then I had to get in the car and drive to do the satellite, so I called Heather. I was like, 'Babe, I'm sorry, I just can't really [go]. I don't know how to leave the house.' It's my mom, Peta, our nurse and the baby. It's like three chicks, half a human and me. This is a fun household."
Maksim also said during the interview, "I feel bad the dude lost [the house] a long time ago in like unpaid bills or something like that" because "the house is great."
Los Angeles police confirmed to People they responded to a "civil dispute" at the 1500 block of Sunset Plaza Drive between 1:30 and 2AM but made no arrests at Maksim and Peta's home -- which also had their three-month-old son inside -- on Tuesday morning because there was "no crime" committed.
An LAPD spokeswoman said officers suggested at the scene all parties involved in the dispute should handle the situation in "civil court."
Heather, a former Glee star, originally raised alarms Tuesday morning during her GMA appearance when she revealed that Maksim could not participate in the satellite interview because of an attempted break-in at his home.
"They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there," Heather, 30, said on the live broadcast. "They took care of it. So they're safe and Peta's okay. That's the most important thing."
Maksim initially reiterated there was a "break-in" when he told People shortly after Heather's interview, "Early this morning, there was a trespasser who attempted to break into our home. The LAPD responded and my family and I are all okay."
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It's clearly been a tough week so far for Maksim, who got booted from Dancing with the Stars right after his return to the competition following a four-week hiatus in which he was recovering from a leg injury.
"I cannot believe this. Literally, in the last couple of months, it's just been so much stuff that's never happened to me before that happened," Maksim told Maria in her podcast. "It's just a pile of stuff. Yesterday, you know how it is, you get eliminated [from DWTS], you gotta fly to [GMA]. This was so shocking to Heather and I that she wasn't ready."
Heather and Maksim were totally shocked by their ouster about halfway through Season 24 considering she's been a frontrunner from the start and the couple was sent packing after earning the first perfect score of the season from the Dancing with the Stars judges.
"I would have done whatever I needed to do, but because we both have kids now, it's kind of like, 'Okay, hold on a second, let's figure this out.' So GMA was kind enough to let us not have to fly, but we do the satellite interview at like 4 in the morning," said Maksim.