Domestic violence charge against Hope Solo dropped
(FoxSports.com) KIRKLAND, Washington – Domestic violence charges against United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo have been dropped.
Solo faced two counts of fourth-degree assault, which stemmed from an incident on June 21 when she allegedly attacked her half-sister and nephew at a party. Her attorney, Todd Maybrown, asked for a dismissal in December, claiming that the victims in the case have not allowed depositions that were granted the defense.
Solo had pleaded not guilty. She claimed in court documents that she was defending herself against her 17-year-old nephew, who is 6-foot-9 and weighs 280 pounds. Solo and her nephew got into a fistfight after they argued about his acting aspirations and she called him fat and crazy, according to court documents. When the boy’s mother tried to break up the confrontation, Solo punched her in the face first, the documents said.
The documents said the nephew broke a broom over Solo’s head and the teen pointed a broken BB gun at her and tried to get her to leave.
Solo’s relatives have claimed she attacked first. Solo’s husband, Jerramy Stevens, was in attendance in the courtroom and refused to speak with reporters afterwards, but Maybrown said that the decision was a relief.
“This has been a terrible ordeal for Miss Stevens (Solo) but we’re grateful the court has dismissed the charges. If the case had been reviewed carefully at the outset, no charges would have been filed,” Maybrown told KING 5.
After the decision, Solo took to Facebook to express relief and thank her teammates and fans for support.
Today’s decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life. I always had faith that once the facts of the case were presented, I would be cleared of all charges and I am so happy and relieved to finally have it all behind me.
I would like to thank my legal team, the U.S. Soccer Federation, my coaches and teammates on the U.S. National Team, and the Seattle Reign organization, all of whom, under great pressure to do otherwise, chose to stand by and believe in me.
I am so grateful for the support of my husband Jerramy, my mother, grandmother and members of my extended family who surrounded me with love and reassurance each and every day. I would also like to thank my incredible fans who consistently sent positive, heartfelt messages of encouragement and kept my spirits lifted throughout this entire ordeal. I look forward to joining my team with a clear mind to train, compete, and help bring a World Cup title to the U.S. in 2015.
The 32-year-old Solo has won two Olympic gold medals with the United States women’s national team. The dismissal removes lingering questions about Solo’s future as the United States women’s national team as they gear up for the Women’s World Cup in the summer.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.