Hope Solo aka Hope Amelia Stevens pleaded not guilty to domestic assault in the Kirkland Municipal Court today, according to People Magazine. Hope Solo was originally charged with two counts of domestic assault for attacking her sister and her 17-year-old nephew on Saturday. The soccer star was arrested and taken to the South Correctional Entity Regional Jail in Washington, where she was being held without bond. She is due back in court on August 11.
Kirland Police was dispatched to the scene around midnight after a male called 911 to report that a female, later identified as Solo, was assaulting people at the home during a party. When police arrived, they found Solo intoxicated, states the Washington Post. As police talked to witnesses, they observed red, swollen bruises on Solo’s nephew and sister. It was then determined that 32-year-old professional soccer player Hope Solo was the aggressor in the altercation, according to Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray.
Witnesses at the Seattle home say that Hope Solo was physically abusive and was asked to leave repeatedly but refused. Hope’s attorney stated that the reverse is true, and that his client is the victim in the case. Many soccer fans have taken to Facebook to talk about the domestic assault case pending against the star. One fans writes, “WOW REALLY HOPE??????” While another poster states, “OMG what to do? what to do? Should I unfriend Hope Solo??” A few male fans stated that Solo is still “hot” despite the charges against her.
Hope Solo’s latest domestic violence event is not the first time the Olympic gold medalist has been involved in a domestic violence case. In 2012, police received a call about another fight that had occurred at a home, where there was “shoving” and “punching,” along with the use of a stun gun, the caller stated. When police responded, they found Hope with an injured elbow, as well as other victims with minor injuries to the head and hip.
As police tried to gather information about who was responsible for that melee, no one wanted to name names. Hope Solo’s fiancee, Jeremy Stevens — found hiding in an upstairs bedroom — was arrested and charged with domestic violence. The charges against Stevens were later dropped due to lack of evidence in the case. Hope Solo married Stevens the day after.
According to the World Health Organization, the majority of domestic violence and familial domestic abuse victims are women, with women between the ages of 20-24 at the greatest risk. The subject of sibling abuse is deeply discussed in the book “Sibling Development: Implications for Mental Health Practitioners” by Jonathan Caspi, which concluded that sibling domestic abuse is more common than parental domestic abuse.
Hope Solo Stevens is also known for her participation on the hit show “Dancing With The Stars.” In popular culture, the subject of sibling domestic abuse was played out in the 1991 fact-based movie “My Son Johnny,” which told the true story of a boy who shot and killed his older brother for bulling him since childhood.