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Hope Solo pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges, is released from jail

Hope Solo, star goalie of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, entered a not-guilty plea in Kirkland (Wash.) Municipal Count on Monday afternoon, two days after her arrest on charges of allegedly striking her sister and 17-year-old nephew in a party at her home.

Solo, a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner, had been held in South King County jail since police took her from her home early Saturday morning. She was released on her own recognizance on condition that she have no contact with her sister and nephew and that she not drink alcohol. A pretrial hearing was set for Aug. 11. Solo was supported by the presence of her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, at the hearing. He had no comment for reporters.

Dressed in a white shirt and black pants, Solo, booked under her married name, had little to say, other than “I do” when she was asked if she understood the two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault filed against her. Police responded to a 911 call from her suburban Seattle home early Saturday morning. A man, according to the police report, said that a woman would not stop “hitting people” or leave the house. The officers found Solo, who, they said, appeared “intoxicated and upset.” Her sister and nephew, according to the report had visible injuries. Solo’s lawyer, Todd Maybrown, told the court that his client was hit over the head with a broom handle. In an email Saturday, he wrote: “Hope is not guilty of any crime. 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.”