Two people got arrested and detained after they tried to Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte at a live performance with the hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”
ESPN reported that as Lochte together with partner Cheryl Burke just finished a foxtrot routine that delighted both the audience and judges. Lochte showed another side of him on the dance floor aside from swimming and acting.
As judge Carrie Ann Inaba was giving her comments on the couple’s performance she got distracted and shadows of people could be seen on the screen as a commotion occurred.
“Excuse me. Hey, back off. Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me. Off, off. Excuse me,” Inaba told the person who went on stage and was to approach Lochte but got tackled by security people.
The show’s host Tom Bergeron took control of the situation and stated that they have to go to a commercial break. LAPD officers arrested Sam Sotoodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroudi, 25. Although the two had tickets to the show, the two were still charged with trespassing. Both men showed their T-shirts with a “No Lochte” sign printed on it.
“We want to publicize that this is a bad decision to have a liar be publicized as a star,” said one of the suspects.
Obviously, the men protested against Lochte, who got a ban from competing from both local and international competitions following his Rio Olympics escapade. Lochte grabbed international headlines after his made-up story that he and his teammates got robbed at gunpoint at a gasoline station in Rio de Janeiro during the Summer Olympics.
After further investigation, Lochte then recanted his story and apologized for what he had done. Lochte thought that the thing was a setup that is part of the show. He later realized that the incident was real and that the men meant their protest.
“We thought it was a joke, something part of the show, but when we realized it wasn’t, that hurt, that broke my heart, that people are still on that subject and no one’s moving forward,” Lochte explained.
The show reassured Lochte that judging him will be according to his dance performance and no other else. Bergeron and the rest of the people who make up “Dancing with the Stars” hope that people would give Lochte a second chance.
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