Hope Solo has accused Maksim Chmerkovskiy of slapping her ‘hard’ during dance rehearsals for the pro-celebrity dance show.
A rep for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy had no formal statement about U.S. soccer star Hope Solo’s allegations in her new memoir that the pro got physical with her, and once “slapped” her “hard” on the face during a Season 11 rehearsal, but now Maks has apparently had his say on Twitter.
“Always hated hypocrites and liars…but when someone is bothANDan opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense,” Maks Tweeted on Thursday afternoon, not mentioning Hope by name, but coincidentally posted the same day that the Olympian’s allegations, which are printed in “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” were first reported.
Twitter followers already suspect that Maks’ comment is related to the soccer star who also claimed in her memoir that his famed outburst at the judges during their season, where he said, “This is my show,” and took a shot at judge Len Goodman after the panel criticized the pair’s rumba, was a calculated move to get the viewers to keep them in another week.
In her book, however, Hope claimed Maks wasn’t defending her, but putting her in the middle of a conflict she was not a part of.
“I didn’t know what to say,” she wrote of Maks’ comments onOctober 24, 2011. “I was caught in some ongoing ‘DWTS’ feud that had started long before I signed on.”
In her memoir, she also alleged Maks manhandled her throughout rehearsals “pushing [her], whacking [her] stomach, bending [her] arms roughly.”
She wrote that she thought this was how all dancers worked. But “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.”
As for the alleged “hard” slap incident, Hope claimed after it allegedly happened ABC gave her the opportunity to continue on the show with a different partner.
“I didn’t want to end Maks’s career,” she wrote of her decision to continue dancing with him, adding that she felt the “tabloids” would spin the partner change to make her look like a “prima donna.”
After making it to Week 9, the pair were eliminated just before the “DWTS” Season 11 finals. In her book, Hope wrote that she, “felt really good about” her “accomplishment.”
During Season 11, Maks and Hope were famously featured in pre-dance clip packages arguing with each other but later tried to create a lighter atmosphere, as Hope said,
“I think we always had the charisma and we had our own respectable relationship that nobody else saw. So finally after seven weeks, we decided, OK, reset this button, because everybody else needs to see and feel, what we see and feel,” she previously told Tim about changing up what they showed on camera.
“[Our packages showed] seven weeks of negativity, lots of curse words, me kicking the ball, us being very physical and intense and that’s not very fair to our fans because this is a dance show and people want to see you happy and having fun, but we’re competitors so we got really intense.”
Strange then that Maks’ alleged slapping of Hope was notg caught on camera and televised to millions?