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Hope Solo's Assault Case Dropped

Domestic violence charges dismissed after her family refuses to talk
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Hope Solo's Assault Case Dropped
In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, US goalkeeper Hope Solo stands on the sidelines before a CONCACAF soccer match against Haiti in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – The domestic violence charges against Hope Solo have been dismissed after her attorney told a judge that the alleged victims refused to allow defense attorneys to depose them. Solo's attorney said the soccer star's nephew and half-sister, who say Solo assaulted them at a June party, avoided their depositions and wouldn't answer questions about the case, and a judge yesterday agreed with his motion to dismiss the charges. Solo, 33, had originally pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charges, the Seattle Times reports.

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"Today's decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life," Solo said in a statement. "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. I look forward to joining my team with a clear mind to train, compete, and help bring a World Cup title to the US in 2015." (Read more Hope Solo stories.)

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