United States women's soccer star Hope Solo was arrested on Friday night for allegedly hitting her sister and 17-year-old nephew at her home near Seattle, the Seattle Times reports.
According to police, the altercation occurred during a family gathering at Solo's home in Kirkland. She is being held without bail on two counts of investigation of domestic-violence assault.
From the Seattle Times:
Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said this morning that officers were called to the home because of an assault and a noise disturbance.
“There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Murray said.
At some point during the party, Solo allegedly assaulted her sister and her nephew, he said. “There were visible injuries on them,” Murray said.
The Kirkland police later released a report with more details:
On June 21st 2014 and just before 1:00 am, Kirkland Police Department Patrol Units responded to a 911 call of a disturbance in the 10600 block of 124th AVE NE. The male caller stated that a female at the residence was “hitting people” and they could not get her to stop or to leave the house. Officer arrived and immediately heard the sounds of the disturbance inside the residence.
They entered and contacted several persons; one being Hope A Stevens (Solo) who appeared intoxicated and upset. As officers made contact, they observed visible injuries on Solo’s 17-year-old nephew and on Solo’s sister. After receiving statements of the persons involved, Officers determined that Solo was the primary aggressor and had instigated the assault.
Solo, who has won two Olympic gold medals with the women's national team and appeared on "Dancing With The Stars," has been no stranger to negative headlines in recent years. In 2012, Solo married boyfriend Jerramy Stevens just hours after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting her.
A stun gun was reportedly used to break up that incident but Stevens, a former football player at the University of Washington, was never charged after insufficient evidence in the case was cited.
Solo, 32, tied the women's record for career clean sheets with 71 last Saturday when the women's national team blanked France 1-0 in an exhibition in Florida. She currently plays for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League.
Her club released this statement on Saturday afternoon:
U.S. soccer also released a statement saying it was "aware of the situation," but did not have "any further comments."
Solo's attorney later claimed that she was the victim in the altercation. From The AP:
"Hope is not guilty of any crime," attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon."
She is expected to remain in custody until a court appearance on Monday.
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