All over the celeb gossip sites this morning…the story of Hope Solo getting slapped by her dancing pro, Maks Chmerkovskiy, when she was on Dancing with the Stars last year.
Hope has released a memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope in which she says Maks got physical with her during rehearsals.
Here are more details from USAToday.com:
“He was often nasty,” she writes, “swearing at me and being harshly critical… I didn’t like being treated like that, but I could take it. He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. I thought that was just how it went – how dancers worked with each other. I was tough. I could take it. 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.”
During one rehearsal, Hope writes that Maks was so angry with her at one moment during a rehearsal for the Halloween show that he slapped her. “He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard.”
She adds that “he was extremely apologetic,” and ABC offered her a new partner after the incident, but she declined. “I didn’t want to end Maks’ career,” she says. The slap was caught on camera and shown to Maks, but later disappeared, she writes.
ABC has not commented on Hope’s accusations. Maks’ manager, Lizzie Grubman, said he had no comment. Maks wrote on Twitter, “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…”