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Hope Solo, the US women’s team goalkeeper and one of the top stars in women’s soccer, has been denied a request to have her June 2014 assault charges dismissed, meaning the case should move forward to trial.
In June 2014, Solo was charged in Washington state with two counts of domestic violence – one against half-sister Teresa Obert and one against Obert’s son, who was 17 at the time. But the charges were dismissed in January 2015 on procedural grounds, after witnesses for the prosecution refused multiple times to cooperate with Solo’s defense team. However, prosecutors in Kirkland, where the alleged assault took place, appealed the dismissal and filed a motion to have the misdemeanor case reinstated, which a higher court granted in October.
It’s unclear exactly when Solo’s case will move forward again, and a trial is still a long way off. Solo, who played every minute of last year’s World Cup, is currently preparing for this summer’s Rio Olympics, where she will be aiming for her third gold medal.
Solo, 34, did not respond to requests from local media for comment.
But she told Good Morning America in February 2015: “I’m not going to go into all of the details, but it was a scary night. I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of my 17-year-old nephew, who is 6ft 9in, 280lbs. I was struck over the head, and concussed pretty severely. It was a very scary night.”
But police records and depositions, and an ESPN interview with Obert, claim Solo attacked her nephew by punching him and smashing his head into the cement floor of Obert’s garage. The Washington Post reported: “The jail report obtained by [ESPN reporter Mark] Fairaru-Wada reports that Solo was belligerent and intoxicated after her arrest on two counts of domestic violence early in the morning of June 21. The report says she fought with police as they attempted to book her into jail and yelled at one: ‘You’re such a bitch. You’re scared of me because you know that if the handcuffs were off, I’d kick your [expletive].’
“She insinuated that two jailers were having sex and called an officer a ‘14-year-old boy’,” the Post wrote. “According to Fainaru-Wada: ‘When asked to remove a necklace, an apparently drunk Solo told the officer that the piece of jewelry was worth more than he made in a year.’”
Solo has 196 caps for the national team and has twice won the World Cup’s Golden Glove award, given to the tournament’s best goalkeeper. She is just one shutout away from recording 100 international clean sheets