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Hope Solo to appear in court on domestic violence charges

Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the U.S. Womens National Team plays against the Scotland Women's National Team at LP Field on February 13, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Soccer star and Olympic goalie Hope Solo is due in court on Monday after being arrested over the weekend and charged with two counts of domestic violence assault involving her sister and 17-year-old nephew.

Police responded to the situation early Saturday at the 32-year-old athlete’s home in Washington state. According to police, a male reported shortly after midnight that a woman at the Kirkland, Wash. home would not stop hitting people or leave the house.

A report filed by police who responded to the call states that officers could hear the “disturbance” from the street and also stated that Solo appeared “intoxicated and upset.” Her nephew and sister reportedly displayed injuries. CNN notes that police also determined Solo to be the “primary aggressor” and instigator of the assault after interviewing witnesses.

Solo is currently a goalie for the National Women’s Soccer League team Seattle Reign FC. The team acknowledged the situation on Twitter Saturday, saying officials are “gathering information,” but said they had no more information to share at the time. U.S. Soccer released a similarly brief statement saying: “We are aware of the situation. At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”

Meanwhile, Solo’s lawyer, Todd Maybrown, told the Associated Press over the weekend that his client is not guilty of any crime and claims she was in fact “assaulted and injured” during the incident.

“We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon," Maybrown said.

Following the arrest, Solo was held without bail at King County Jail and is scheduled to appear at Kirkland Municipal Court today.

Another domestic incident involving Hope arose in November 2012 when her fiance, former Seahawks and Buccaneers player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested after an altercation involving several others at a party that reportedly left Solo with a laceration. Stevens appeared in court the next day and was released after a judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to hold him or connect him with the assault. The two were married the following evening.

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