Aug 17, 2012 07:55 AM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is fighting back over claims he abused Hope Solo behind the scenes of Dancing With the Stars. Solo, 31, made the accusations in her new book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
In her memoir, Solo wrote:
- "He 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."
Maksim responded to the accusation with the following Tweet: "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."
Hope also claims in the book that Maksim "slapped" her "hard" across the face during rehearsal.