NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, October 2, 2015, 3:10 PM
U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo, seen here in a Kirkland, Washington court in Nov. 4 2014, has domestic violence case reinstated by appeals court.
Hope Solo probably thought she had put ugly domestic violence allegations behind her when a judge dismissed criminal charges against her on procedural grounds in January.
But a Washington state appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision Friday, and the star goalkeeper of the U.S. women’s national soccer team yet again faces domestic violence charges.
“The court reverses the decision of the lower court and remands the case to Kirkland (Wash.) Municipal Court,” the appeals court said in documents made public Friday.
The appeals court decision was first reported by ESPN.
Solo, who helped the U.S. women’s national team cruise to its World Cup victory earlier this year, was charged with two counts of domestic violence after a June 2014 incident at the home of her half-sister, Teresa Obert.
Obert claimed in an interview with ESPN in June that Solo was in a drunken rage when she attacked Obert’s 17-year-old son. Obert said Solo also assaulted her when she came to her son’s aid.
City prosecutors immediately appealed a judge’s decision to dismiss the charges. It is unclear when the case will go to trial.
Solo and her attorneys have said that she acted in self-defense and that she was the actual victim. She has denied assaulting anyone and has expressed frustration in media coverage of the case.
“From here on out, no matter what happens, I’ll forever be associated with domestic violence,” she told ESPN earlier this year.