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U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo appears in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday, June 23, 2014, in connection with her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)

Hope Solo pleads not guilty to assault charges

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Seattle soccer star Hope Solo pleaded not guilty Monday following her arrest early Saturday on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew.

In her first court appearance, a Kirkland Municipal Court judge ordered her released on her own recognizance and denied the city's request for $5,000 bail, agreeing with Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, that she poses no flight risk. The judge ordered that Solo have no contact with her sister or nephew and also that she not drink alcohol.

Officers responded to her sister's home just before 1 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, the Kirkland Police Department said.

They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested Solo after determining that she was the primary aggressor.

She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Court documents say responding officers heard shouting in the area and found Solo's nephew had redness on one side of his face and was wearing a torn T-shirt. He also had a bleeding cut on the bottom of his left ear.

The affidavit of probable cause says the teen was crying and said, "We just let her back into our lives" and "(She) always does this."

The teen said Solo came to the family gathering "upset about the fact that her husband refused to take her to catch a flight because he was being a jerk," according to the documents. He told police Solo appeared to have already been drinking when she arrived and that Solo and his mother continued to drink wine after other relatives began leaving.

Solo reportedly insulted the teen, telling him he was "too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete."

A fistfight followed, and when the boy's mother tried to intervene, Solo punched her in the face, the documents say.

The documents also say the teen broke a broom over Solo's head and pointed an old BB gun at Solo to try to get her to leave, but she refused and kept "circling like a shark."

Solo claimed the teen hit her with the broom after she insulted him.

Solo, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women's national team. She also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.

"We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information," the Reign posted on the team's Twitter feed.

In 2012, Solo married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving her, but he was not charged. Maybrown represented Stevens in that case.

Solo, who identified herself as Hope Stevens in court Monday, said soon after the 2012 incident that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

"It's unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It's hard to see, but it's a hard truth, and it's part of life," she said then. "I'm happy. I'm happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I've never been hit in my life."

Stevens appeared in court but did not speak with reporters.

The judge scheduled a pretrial hearing for August 11.

In her last appearance for the U.S., Solo recorded her 71st career shutout, a 1-0 victory over France on June 14 in Tampa, Florida. She sat out the team's game against France on Thursday night in Connecticut.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
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