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Hope Solo drama. Because there’s always Hope Solo drama


In this Sept. 2, 2011, image released by ABC, professional soccer player Hope Solo, right, is shown with her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy during a rehearsal for the celebrity dance competition series “Dancing with the Stars,” in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Rick Rowell)


Excuse me while I check my watch. Let’s see …

Egad! It’s been hours since our last Hope Solo headline! Quite possibly even longer. So let’s get right to it.

TMZ reports that Solo’s “Dancing with the Stars” partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy has vehemently denied the U.S. goalkeeper’s unflattering allegations about him in her new book.

In her book “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” she alleges that Chmerkovskiy “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. 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.”

(MORE: Former U.S. coach Greg Ryan denies Solo’s allegations)

“Maks” denied any rough treatment, according to TMZ. He also took to Twitter to defend himself with this: “Always hated hypocrites and liars...but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them….”