Olympic soccer champ Hope Solo has set off controversy after leveling some very heavy accusations against her Dancing with the Stars — Maksim Chmerkovskiy — on the pages of her new memoir.
Solo was partnered with the notoriously hot-tempered Maks during the 13th season of the wildly-successful talent show. But the athlete now says the partnership was troubled from the start and accuses Chmerkovskiy of “manhandling” and even slapping her in the face during a particularly rough afternoon rehearsal.
TV Guide quoted the bombshell allegation from Solo: A Memoir of Hope:
“He was often nasty, swearing at me and being harshly critical. He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. 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 hand-print there for the rest of the day.”
Another time, Solo said, Chmerkovskiy slapped her across the face so hard her ear rang afterward.
“He was extremely apologetic. I didn’t care. My ear was ringing as I walked out, shaking. I had just been hit and I had been worried about how I would come off looking on television.”
Chmerkovskiy responded to the accusation with a thinly-veiled Twitter posting on 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, on the other hand, has declined to comment on Solo’s allegations.