Hope Solo Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges

By ETONLINE STAFF

June 23, 2014

Hope Solo pleaded not guilty to assault charges on Monday, CNN reports.

The U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper and two-time Olympic gold-medal winner, 32, was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering in Kirkland, Washington on Friday.

Police claim that there were visible marks on Solo's sister and nephew when officers arrived at the home after responding to a call about a noise disturbance. After interviewing witnesses, police determined that Solo was the "primary aggressor and had instigated the assault," according to a police statement given to ET.

Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, released a statement to ET denying the accusations his client faces, and claims that the soccer star is innocent.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime. 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," Maybrown stated.

Solo's Soccer team, the Seattle Reign, responded to the incident via Twitter, writing, "We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information."

According to CNN, there is a pretrial hearing scheduled for August 11.

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