Hope Solo pleads not guilty to assaulting sister, nephew

Richland native and U.S. women's soccer star goalkeeper Hope Solo pleaded not guilty in court this afternoon to assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew this past Saturday.She was released from jail on her own personal recognizance, but was ordered by the judge to stay away from the two relatives she is accused of assaulting, according to Seattle TV station, KOMO.

The case stems from an incident early Saturday. Officers responded to her sister's home just before 1 a.m. 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 in a news release.

They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor, the release said.

She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault, and had remained in custody until Monday morning's court hearing.

Meanwhile, Solo's attorney says she herself was victim in the altercation.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press Saturday. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon."

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.

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