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Police responded to a “civil dispute” early Tuesday morning after an intruder tried to break into Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd’s Los Angeles home while they were home.
Chmerkovskiy, 37, and his Dancing with the Stars partner, Heather Morris, broke the news during their scheduled appearance on Good Morning America. Morris, 30, said the DWTS pro could not be there with her because he had to deal with an incident involving a man trying to break into his home. “They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there.
Fellow DWTS pro and fiancee of Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, was home with her son, Shai Aleksander, at the time of the attempted break-in. “They took care of it. So they’re safe and Peta’s okay. That’s the most important thing,” said Morris.
Later in the day, Chmerkovskiy spoke out publicly about the incident and explained what happened in an interview with Maria Menouos. “That was some bulls—. I cannot believe this. Literally, in the last couple months, it’s just been so much stuff that’s never happened to me before that happened. It’s just a pile of stuff. Yesterday, you know how it is, you get eliminated, you gotta fly to [Good Morning America]….So GMA was kind enough to let us not have to fly, but we do the satellite interview at like 4 in the morning,” said Chmerkovskiy.
“So at like 2:20 a.m., I wake up to full-out knocking. I come down, there’s cops and they’re like, ‘There’s a dude outside that’s claiming this is his house.’ I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’ It was pretty wild. But I guess it’s an ongoing thing with the ex-owner of this house who, by the way, talk about Hollyweird, used to be some rock singer, or rockband frontman or something,” said Chmerkovskiy. He then had to show the police his renters agreement to prove he owned the house so the two men, who were “belligerent drunk,” couldn’t do this again.
“It was just funny to me, the whole thing. It was at 2:30 in the morning — I couldn’t understand what’s happening and then I had to get in the car and drive to do the satellite, so I called Heather. I was like, ‘Babe, I’m sorry, I just can’t really. I don’t know how to leave the house.’ It’s my mom, Peta, our nurse and the baby. It’s like three chicks, half a human and me. This is a fun household,” he said.
Despite the scare, Chmerkovskiy admitted he felt bad for the intruder. “The house is great. I feel bad the dude lost it a long time ago in like unpaid bills or something like that.”