A Kirkland Municipal Court judge dismissed misdemeanor domestic violence charges against Seattle Reign goalie Hope Solo on Tuesday after her attorney successfully argued that the alleged victims had refused to be deposed by defense attorneys.
Solo’s attorney, Todd Maybrown, brought the motion to dismiss the charges in December, saying Solo’s nephew and half-sister, whom she was accused of assaulting at a family function in June, refused to answer relevant questions about the incident and skirted their depositions.
Maybrown said after the hearing that the charges never should have been filed in the first place.
“Today’s decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life. I always had faith that once the facts of the case were presented, I would be cleared of all charges and I am so happy and relieved to finally have it all behind me,” said Solo in a statement released by her publicist.
“I look forward to joining my team with a clear mind to train, compete, and help bring a World Cup title to the U.S. in 2015.”
Solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault for allegedly striking and punching her nephew and sister.
Charging documents say that Solo was arrested June 21 after police responded to a 911 call about a disturbance in the 10600 block of 124th Avenue Northeast. The male caller reported that a woman at the residence was hitting people and no one could get her to stop or leave the house, according to police.
Officers arrived and immediately heard the disturbance inside. They entered the house and contacted several people, including Seattle Reign goalie Solo, who officers said appeared intoxicated and upset.
Solo’s 17-year-old nephew told police his mother — Solo’s older half-sister — had just started letting Solo back into their lives, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Police said the teen’s T-shirt was torn and he had scratch marks on his arms and a bleeding cut on his ear.
The boy 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 court documents. The teen 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, the court document says.
According to the court document, the teen said he was talking about theatrical productions he’s been in and explaining how he believes that a good actor has to have an “athletic state of mind” when Solo allegedly told him he would never be athletic because he was “too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete.”
The two eventually got into a fistfight, the document says.
When the boy’s mother tried to pull Solo off her son, Solo punched her in the face, according to court documents.
After her arrest, Solo, 33, pleaded not guilty to the gross-misdemeanor charges and was released from custody on personal recognizance.