‘Dancing With the Stars’ Drama: Hope Solo on Why She Didn’t Hit Maksim Chmerkovskiy Back (VIDEO)

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Hope Solo made headlines allegations last week when she claimed that her former Dancing With the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her during rehearsal.

The Olympian recounted the brutal rehearsals in her memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope — and on Monday night, she opened up about her experience with Chmerkovskiy on Chelsea Lately.

Host Chelsea Handler asked Solo why she didn’t just simply punch Chmerkovskiy back. “You could probably take his a–!” she said.

How did Solo respond?

Solo said she didn’t physically respond to Chmerkovskiy’s slap because of the cameras, fearing that the final edit would make her look like “the bad guy.” So instead, she took off her mic “and threw it and left the studio.”

According to Solo, the footage of these incidents allegedly disappeared, but ABC did offer to pair her up with another partner. She declined.

Chmerkovskiy, however, denies the story completely.

“It really came as a shock to him. They were tweeting up until recently,” sources close to Chmerkovskiy told Celebuzz last week. “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.

Needless to say, the dancer stopped following Solo after he became aware of the allegations she made against him. Chmerkovskiy hasn’t spoken publicly about the situation, but he did post a few telling messages on Twitter. Last week, the pro 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.”

Now, both he and the show are reportedly looking into taking legal action against Solo.