There’s some drama brewing in the world of “Dancing with the Stars” Friday, but it strangely has nothing to do with the contestants who are going to be appearing on the upcoming All-Stars version of the show. Rather, we’re looking at some new allegations made by former contestant (and recent Olympian) Hope Solo about her time on the show with outspoken professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
If you have read the soccer star’s recent memoir Solo: A Memoir of Hope, then you already know what we are talking about. In the book Hope accuses Maks (who is known for being a tough teacher) of slapping her across the face during a heated moment behind the scenes on the show’s set. She claims that he immediately apologized, and ABC offered to replace him with a different pro dancer if she wished to continue (which she declined). Supposedly there is some sort of footage of this that was filmed, but it has never surfaced.
So did this really happen? Not if you believe what Maks is saying now. A source close to the pro tells TMZ that he is shocked and devastated that Hope has come forward saying this, and is saying that nothing of the sort ever happened on the show. He has also tweeted out the following message that seems to be some sort of response to the allegations:
“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…”
Since we have never seen the footage, it’s hard to really say for sure what happened — but Maks has never been accused of violence by any other former partner, and the strangest thing is that he and Hope had been in friendly communication in the weeks prior to the book’s release. We also still have a hard time believing that ABC would keep Maks on the show if he struck a woman across the face.
Who do you believe in this story — Hope, or Maks? If you want to check out some of our spotlight series for this upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” be sure to visit the link here.