Hope Solo Claims ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy Slapped Her
“He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” Solo, 31, wrote in her new memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope. The athlete even describes a rehearsal in which Chmerkovskiy slapped her “across the face. Hard.” He later apologized, but Solo wrote that the blow was so powerful it made her ears ring.
But that wasn’t all. Solo revealed that the dancer kept getting more aggressive during rehearsals. Read on for more details.
“I thought that was just how it went — how dancers worked with each other,” she wrote. “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.”
According to the Solo, the footage of these incidents allegedly disappeared, but ABC did offer to pair her up with another partner. She declined the offer.
Solo and Chmerkovskiy were often at odds during their season, and the cameras did show the professional getting a litte rough with his star. However, the pair remained friendly on Twitter.
“It really came as a shock to him. They were tweeting up until recently,” sources close to Chmerkovskiy told Celebuzz. “She even invited him to the Olympics (on Twitter).”
The former partners had exchanged friendly banter via the social networking site throughout the Olympic games, with the pro soccer goalie telling the DWTS star she even had his seat waiting for him at Wembley Stadium.
But all of that is over now. “Maksim stopped following her on Twitter yesterday.”
Chmerkovskiy has been known to have quite a temper on the dance floor. In Season 13, during week six of the competition, the head judge Len Goodman criticized Solo, calling her rumba, “her worst dance of the whole season.” However, her pro partner Chmerkovskiy thought differently, telling the judge that maybe it was time her retired. “Maybe it’s time to go,” he said.
“With all due respect, this is my show,” he told co-host Brooke Burke after his blowout with Goodman and the judges. “I help make it what it is.”
Chmerkovskiy has yet to comment on Solo’s book, but he has posted a few telling messages on Twitter. On Thursday the dancer wrote, “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.” A few hours later he posted, “Life’s best lessons are the ones that you smile through…..while they hurt you the most! I’m bullet proof….FIRE AWAY!”
ABC said that the network has no comment. BBC Worldwide Productions also has no comment.