Hope Solo has a book. In addition to having a super clever title – Solo: A Memoir of Hope – it also has some allegations that could rock the world of competitive ballroom dancing. Solo claims that she was abused during her run on Dancing With the Stars last year by partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. From USA Today:
“He was often nasty,” she writes, “swearing at me and being harshly critical. … I didn’t like being treated like that, but I could take it.”
She continues: “He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. I thought that was just how it went – how dancers worked with each other. I was tough. I could take it.
“But it kept getting worse,” Hope continued. “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.”
Chmerkovskiy didn’t respond directly to the allegations, but this tweet was probably in response to using these incidents to sell a book.
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
In addition to dancing with Hope (which would obviously be the name of a book Hope Solo wrote about dancing – subtitle “Solo”), Chmerkovskiy has been pared up with Willa Ford, Laila Ali, Misty May-Treanor and Erin Andrews. It should also be noted that Chmerkovskiy has never won the Mirror Ball Trophy. Dude’s a total hackfraud.