Hope Solo requests dismissal of domestic violence charges
Hope Solo, the starting goalkeeper of the U.S. women's national team, has filed a motion to dismiss domestic violence charges against her, according to multiple reports.
In the motion, which was filed Wednesday, Solo reportedly is requesting that two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault be dropped because the alleged victims in the June incident have not cooperated with a court order to appear for a deposition.
Solo is alleged to have hit her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. In the motion, Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, said the nephew attacked Solo with a broomstick, according to a report from The Seattle Times.
The international soccer star was charged in June with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly hitting her half-sister and nephew. She has denied the charge and contends that she “used lawful force” when defending herself against her 17-year-old nephew, who is 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds, Maybrown wrote in the court filing.
The man, Maybrown wrote, attacked Solo with “a broom stick handle” and “repeatedly” hit her over the head with it. Maybrown alleges the man used “such great force during these blows that he broke the stick in half.”
Solo's trial is set for Jan. 20, 2015.
U.S. Soccer has drawn criticism for allowing Solo to keep playing while the legal process unfolds, including from former U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who believes Solo should be benched.
Solo, 33, helped lead the USWNT to a championship at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. The Cup is being held in Canada next summer.