Hope Solo is "confident" that she'll be cleared of the domestic violence assault charges against her.
In a post on her Facebook page, the U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper writes: "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."
Back in June, Solo was involved in a physical altercation with her sister and 17-year-old nephew at a family event in Washington, and was subsequently charged with two domestic violence assault misdemeanors. She's entered a not guilty plea, and a trial is set to begin onNov. 4. Solo, 32, faces up to six months in jail based on the charges.
Solo has also continued to play for the U.S. women's team amid the charges, and is expected to start when the team plays in the CONCACAF championship next month. The decision has sparked some debate as to why Solo is allowed to play in the light of Ray Rice's dismissal from the Baltimore Ravens last week.
"U.S. Soccer takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously. From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo's status with the national team," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement this week. "Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available, we will carefully consider it."
In her Facebook post, Solo also addressed the recent cell phone hack that resulted in nude photos of herself and other celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence being leaked online. "It is extremely sad and unfortunate that the rights of so many women were violated by the unauthorized release of private photographs," she writes. "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."
The FBI is investigating the hacking.
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