A rep for “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy had no formal statement about U.S. soccer star Hope Solo’s allegations in her new memoir that the pro got physical with her, and once “slapped” her “hard” on the face during a Season 11 rehearsal, but the dancer may have just said his peace on Twitter.
“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,” Maks Tweeted on Thursday afternoon, not mentioning Hope by name, but coincidentally posted the same day that the Olympian’s allegations, which are printed in “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” were first reported.
In her book, however, Hope claimed Maks wasn’t defending her, but putting her in the middle of a conflict she was not a part of. “I didn’t know what to say,” she wrote of Maks’ comments on October 24, 2011. “I was caught in some ongoing ‘DWTS’ feud that had started long before I signed on.”
In her memoir, she also alleged Maks was physical with her earlier in the season. “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,” she wrote. “But it kept getting worse,” Hope continued. “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.”
As for the alleged “hard” slap incident, Hope claimed after it allegedly happened that ABC gave her the opportunity to continue on the show with a different partner.
“I didn’t want to end Maks’s career,” she wrote of her decision to continue with her partner, adding that she felt the “tabloids” would spin the partner change to make her look like a “prima dona.”
A rep for ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Access on Thursday.
After making it to Week 9, the pair were eliminated just before the “DWTS” Season 11 finals. In her book, Hope wrote that she, “felt really good about” her “accomplishment.”
During Season 11, Maks and Hope were famously featured in pre-dance clip packages arguing with each other. During Week 8, in November 2011, the two tried to make things lighter in front of the cameras and after the broadcast, they told Access Hollywood’s Tim Vincent why they showed another side.
“I think we always had the charisma and we had our own respectable relationship that nobody else saw. So finally after seven weeks, we decided, OK, reset this button, because everybody else needs to see and feel, what we see and feel,” she previously told Tim about changing up what they showed on camera. “[Our packages showed] seven weeks of negativity, lots of curse words, me kicking the ball, us being very physical and intense and that’s not very fair to our fans because this is a dance show and people want to see you happy and having fun, but we’re competitors so we got really intense,” the soccer star added.
Chiming in during the interview, Maks told Access the pair always kept things real on camera. “We kind of did not take into consideration that there’s cameras in this room. So a lot of things that we understand between each other, people don’t, because they’re not with [us] so they see a little snippet,” Maks told Tim at the time. “So we just had to be a little politically correct, but once again, we are incapable of putting on a show as far as acting. We’re not lying to anybody.”