By Alyssa Goldman, EnStarz | Aug 17, 2012 10:59 AM EDT
The "Dancing with the Stars" resident bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy is reportedly confused and upset by former dance partner/Olympic soccer star Hope Solo's accusations that he slapped her across face and hit her stomach.
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In Solo's memoir, "Solo: A Memoir of Hope," she claims Chmerkovskiy cussed at her, was overly critical, and even displayed violent behavior toward her.
According to a USA Today excerpt from the book: "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."
During a rehearsal for the Halloween show, the dancer got frustrated and angry with his partner. "He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard."
Solo claims that Chmerkovskiy later apologized and that the ABC network offered her a new partner after the incident. However, Solo said she did not want to end his career nor did she want to come across as a "prima donna."
ABC never commented on the accusations nor did his manager Lizzie Grubman, according to The Clicker. However, a source close to Chmerkovskiy told TMZ that he did not understand why Solo would publish such a false and defamatory statement. Nor does he know why she wants to avenge him especially, since the source said, the two have had several dinners together since the end of the show.
TMZ also reported that Solo recently tweeted her former dancing partner before the Olympics, offering him free seats to one of the Team USA soccer games.
Though, Chmerkovskiy has made no official statement, he did 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..."
Actress Kirstie Alley, who danced with Chmerkovskiy in season 12 and will once more this fall for the "All-Stars" edition, joined the no names he said, she said conversation with: "I shall bite thine tongue, lest I get into a girl fight that I would surely lose without a hammer in my hand...;)... ouch! bloody tongue."
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 15: All-Stars premiers Monday, September 24 at 8p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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