Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Hope Solo Is “Bad Person” — LISTEN HERE
Chmerkovskiy and Solo infamously didn’t get along during season 13 of the ABC ballroom competition, though they made it to a fourth-place finish. The following year, however, in her 2012 memoir Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the Olympian claimed alleged he had hit her during rehearsals. As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Solo specifically claimed Chmerkovskiy slapped her face in one instance, and that he “manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly.”
He has always denied the allegations, and on Tuesday’s “Allegedly” podcast with Matthew Cole Weiss and Theo Von, he made his feelings about Solo quite clear. Asked to play a game of “[Expletive], Marry, Kill,” with former “DWTS” partners, Chmerkovskiy declared, “I would definitely kill Hope Solo.” As the co-hosts wondered if Solo was “too masculine” or “too tough of a woman,” he said point-blank, “She’s just a [expletive] person.”
“People can be bad or good or whatever,” continued Chmerkovskiy. “You can have a [expletive] life growing up, you can have a tough upbringing, you can have history, you can have whatever. But if you’re just a bad person, there’s no excuse for that.”
He went on, “She wrote a book, she lied about a bunch of stuff. I don’t want to bring this back up or whatever, but I had a very tough time dealing with that. It was not something I wanted to talk about for a long time. I took a bit of a high road.”
Chmerkovskiy explained how he experienced a “whole social media blowup” that forced him to “hide out” as he received death threats. “It was bad. And it was all because somebody just didn’t have brains enough to understand right and wrong and good and bad,” said the dancer. Listen below beginning at the 29:45-mark, and tell us what you think.