In the latest twist in a story that has gained momentum over the final week of the Rio Olympics, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte is being accused by officials in Brazil of fabricating the story that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint.
“Video shows the U.S. swimmer ‘breaking down’ a bathroom door and ‘fighting’ security at a gas station around the time the robbery allegedly occurred, per ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman,” Yahoo News reports. “A security guard drew a gun at the U.S. swimmers after they drunkenly ‘destroyed a gas station toilet and refused to pay for the damage,’ according to the British Daily Mail, and the swimmers then paid.”
Lochte was back in the U.S. by the time Rio police began trying to track down the swimmers to check out their story. However, the other three — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen — remained in Brazil. Bentz and Conger were removed from a plane as they attempted to leave the country, as we reported previously.
“Brazilian police grew skeptical of the swimmers’ accounts in the days following the alleged robbery, and a judge ordered search and seizure warrants to further question the U.S. swimmers,” the Yahoo report notes.