‘DWTS’ pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy ‘safe’ after cops respond to incident at their home
Peta Murgatroyd (left) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (right) are safe after someone allegedly tried to break into their home. (ABC)
LOS ANGELES – "Glee" star Heather Morris and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night, and following the show, someone tried to break into the home Chmerkovskiy shares with fellow "DWTS" pro Peta Murgatroyd, he said.
“Early this morning, there was a trespasser who attempted to break into our home," he stated on Tuesday. "The LAPD responded and my family and I are all OK."
On Tuesday morning’s "Good Morning America," Morris, 30, gave her "DWTS" exit interview, but said Chmerkovskiy couldn’t appear because of the incident
"They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there. They took care of it. So they’re safe and Peta’s OK. That’s the most important thing."
An LAPD spokesperson would only tell Fox News that there was a civil dispute that happened around 1:30 a.m. in the morning on Tuesday "and there was no crime report taken, so no crime occurred."
Although Chmerkovskiy was ousted with Morris on Monday night’s "DWTS" after the couple had earned the season’s first perfect score of 40, he was upbeat after the show.
Chmerkovskiy, 37, told backstage reporters with a laugh, "This is so strange that it’s kind of OK. I feel there was a chance and opportunity for Maks and Heather to develop and to build every single week, and we got that cut short."
The veteran dance pro was replaced by substitute Alan Bersten, who danced with Morris for several weeks when Chmerkovskiy suffered a calf injury.
But a recovered Chmerkovskiy made a triumphant ballroom return on Monday with a rumba to remember with Morris — until they got the unexpected axe.
"I just feel bad that it took so long for me to get back" from the injury, Chmerkovskiy shrugged.
When asked if he might not do the show next season after the shocking elimination, Chmerkovskiy replied, "I’ve been here for 12 years…No, it has nothing to do with it… My job with Heather was to make sure our segment is as best as we possibly make it and I think that that’s what we delivered on every week. I wish I was here for the other weeks."
Murgatroyd, 30, who gave birth to their son, Shai, in January, competes with "The Bachelor" star Nick Viall this season.
She told reporters after the show about her fiancé Chmerkovskiy being eliminated, "He came back. He was so positive and really excited to be back and dancing again and then to go out like that. I mean, it hurts me as much as it hurts him."
As Murgatroyd remains a competitor on the show with Viall, Chmerkovskiy told Fox News on Monday night that now he can spend more time with their baby son.
Now, "Mommy’s gotta go to work!" he laughed.
ABC referred questions about the alleged break-in incident to Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd’s reps, who haven’t yet responded to requests for comment.