USA goalkeeper Hope Solo speaks out on domestic violence charges

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Hope Solo responds to domestic violence charges
Wednesday September 24th, 2014
U.S. women’s soccer national team goalkeeper Hope Solo took to Facebook to speak out against allegations of domestic violence by her, saying she is “confident” that she be fully exonerated of all charges.

Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault after a June altercation with her sister and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering. She pled not guilty.

Solo continues to play for the United States in exhibition matches and with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign, despite her upcoming trial in November. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said that Solo will continue to participate with the team until her legal issues are resolved.

Solo also commented about the release of private photographs of her that have circulated around the internet. 

“I stand united with all the women affected and am exploring every option to protect my privacy,” Solo said in the post.

From Solo’s Facebook page:

“It is extremely sad and unfortunate that the rights of so many women were violated by the unauthorized release of private photographs. This act goes beyond the bounds of human decency and, as such, I stand united with all the women affected and am exploring every option to protect my privacy. In addition, while I understand that the public desires more information regarding the allegations against me, I continue to maintain my innocence against these charges. And, once all the facts come to light and the legal process is concluded, I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.”

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