Hope Solo Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges, Claims She Was The Victim
Hope Solo Pleads Not Guilty
Solo appeared at the Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, where she pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against her, reported CNN. Solo’s lawyer, Todd Maybrown, contended that Solo was the primary victim of the scuffle at Solo’s half-sister’s home in suburban Seattle over the weekend.
The prosecution asked the presiding judge to set bail at $5,000, but he agreed to release Solo without bail – with conditions. During her release, Solo is not to have contact with her half-sister or 17-year-old nephew, nor is she to consume alcohol.
Solo Was ‘Going Crazy And Hitting People'
Police went to Solo’s half sister’s home early Saturday morning, responding to reports that a woman was “going crazy and hitting people,” according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. When police arrived they came upon Solo’s teenage nephew whose shirt was torn, face was red and who had a bleeding cut under one of his ears. “We just let her back into our lives," the teen reportedly told cops. “[She] always does this."
Solo reportedly had been drinking prior to visiting her half-sister, with whom she drank wine and complained about her husband – former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. After a misunderstanding with her nephew, Solo allegedly "repeatedly punched him in the face and tackled him.” The altercation continued until Solo’s half-sister tried to break it up, causing Solo to turn her aggression on her, hitting her “several times” in the face. The nephew tried to stop her by breaking a broom handle on her head and pointing a BB gun at her to no avail.
By the time police arrived, Solo’s half-sister allegedly had a swollen left cheekbone that was bruising. Solo, meanwhile, did not appear to have any visible wounds.
Solo will next appear in court for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 11.
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