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Judge dismisses all charges against soccer star Hope Solo

SEATTLE - A municipal court judge has dismissed all domestic violence charges against soccer star Hope Solo stemming from a June altercation at a family gathering in Kirkland.

Solo had earlier filed a motion asking for the charges to be dismissed after witnesses for the prosecution refused multiple times to be interviewed or deposed by the defense despite numerous attempts and a court order, said her attorney Todd Maybrown.

The court filing also maintains that Solo was lawfully defending herself during the altercation when she was attacked by her much-larger 17-year-old nephew, who stands 6-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 280 pounds.

"Today's decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life," Solo wrote in statement posted on her Facebook page. "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."

The incident unfolded June 21 during a family gathering in Kirkland. Solo was taken into custody and charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. One count was for allegedly assaulting the nephew, the other was for allegedly assaulting her sister, Teresa L. Obert.

Both charges were dismissed at Tuesday's court hearing. Solo was represented at the hearing by Maybrown and did not appear in court herself.

Solo, 33, has won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women's national soccer team and plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League. She also appeared on TV's "Dancing With the Stars" and in ESPN's The Body Issue, which features photos of naked athletes.

"I would like to thank my legal team, the U.S. Soccer Federation, my coaches and teammates on the U.S. National Team, and the Seattle Reign organization, all of whom, under great pressure to do otherwise, chose to stand by and believe in me," Solo wrote. "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."
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