As we reported to you last week, Hope Solo's newly released book Solo: A Memoir of Hope claims that her Dancing With The Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her during their rehearsals. A claim he vehemently denies so much so, that he is considering suing the Olympic soccer player.
A source tells Huffington Post:
"Maks is one of the nicest guys in the world. This is 100 percent not true," a source close to the show told me. "At the moment, Maks and ABC are not making any public statements, as they are considering legal options. Not only did Hope not tell the truth in the book, she also signed a contract with the producers of 'DWTS' and could be in breach of contract."
TMZ reported last week that he was so shocked by the accusations particularly because they have shared dinners since their time together on the show and she never once mentioned he would be in her book.
Celebrities both past, and soon-to-be- present for the All-Stars Show, have weighed in on the controversy including Gilles Marini and Kirstie Alley who Tweeted:
"I think it's always important to use your 15 minutes of fame to create something good in the world," she tweeted. "On that note … smooch and buona notte."
While we don't want to marginalize abuse at all, this is clearly a he-says, she-says debate that could be resolved in a courthouse. If you think Maks isn't backing down, Hope isn't either:
"Hope is standing behind what she wrote and has no intention of issuing an apology. No one has tried to muzzle her yet — today she did a bunch of interviews, including ESPN"
So far no official comment from anyone. What do you think of all of this?