US swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen gave a detailed account of how they and three other members of the USA team were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday evening.
A few days, and conflicting reports later, a Brazilian judge issued search and seizure warrants for Lochte and his teammates. While Lochte has already left the country, and Feigen is apparently still somewhere in Brazil, fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were barred from leaving Brazil and were pulled off from their flight back to the USA, Wednesday night.
“We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” United States Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement to press. “We are gathering further information.”
The four US swimmers had presented conflicting reports about the incident when initially interviewed by press and authorities. Lochte’s account, according to Judge Blanc De Cnop, detailed one robber in the incident, while Feigen’s statement told of multiple robbers, with only one of them being armed.
An unauthenticated security video from the Olympic Village, obtained by Daily Mail, also allegedly shows the four US swimmers on the day of the incident, apparently in jovial spirits and with their personal belongings intact. A copy of the video can be seen below:
“It seems the alleged victims found their physical and psychological integrity were unshaken, even fooling about with each other,” said Judge De Cnop, referring to the above footage.
In an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC, Ryan Lochte stood by his word regarding the incident that happened in the early hours of Sunday-that he and his teammates were robbed and that a gun was aimed at him. He did take back the statement that the gun was pressed against his forehead, but otherwise claims that everything else was true.
Police are still investigating whether the US swimmers are guilty of filing a false report.
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