Hope Solo is making serious accusations in her new memoir about her season 13 Dancing with the Stars partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” the Olympian, 31, writes in Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
“I thought that was just how it went – how dancers worked with each other,” she continues. “But it kept getting worse. … 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.”
Solo, goalie for the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s soccer team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, says that ABC offered her a new pro partner after Chmerkovskiy slapped her during rehearsal for the show’s 2011 Halloween episode.
“He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard,” she writes, according to USA Today.
She declined a new partner, she says, because “she didn’t want to end [his] career.”
Chmerkovskiy, 32, hasn’t commented on the book but did post this message on Twitter Thursday: “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 …”
ABC has not yet commented on Solo’s allegations, and Chmerkovskiy’s rep had no comment.
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