STAMFORD, Conn. — Maksim Chmerkovskiy, professional dancer on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and co-owner of Dance With Me Studios which has a Stamford location, denies U.S. Soccer player Hope Solo’s allegations that he became physical with her during rehearsals, an Us Weekly story said.
The gold medalist goaltender recently released a book, “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” in which she writes that Chmerkovskiy “manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” the story said.
She wrote that she originally though it was a part of the process and was given the opportunity to do the show with a different partner, but didn’t want to ruin his career and was worried about how she would have been perceived, the magazine story said.
Chmerkovskiy has not responded to Solo’s allegations publically, but did take to Twitter, the US Weekly story said.
“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...” the dancer tweeted.
The full US Weekly story can be read here.