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U.S. Swimmer Caught in Vandalism Scandal Pays a Hefty Price to Get Out of Brazil

Aug 19, 2016  •  Post A Comment

One of the four U.S. Olympic swimmers caught in a gas station vandalism incident in Rio de Janeiro has reached an agreement that will enable him to return home from Brazil. ESPN reports that Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay $10,800 in connection with the incident.

The payment, which has been characterized as a “donation,” will enable Feigen to retrieve his passport from authorities, and he is expected to fly back to the U.S. tonight.

The scandal blew up after swimmer Ryan Lochte apparently lied about the incident, telling the media he had been robbed at gunpoint. Lochte and the other two swimmers who were present during the incident, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, have all returned to the U.S.

Video from security cameras at the gas station where the incident occurred early Sunday shows the swimmers being detained by security personnel at the station after what Brazilian officials say is vandalism to the station, including its bathroom.

Bentz and Conger were removed from a plane by Brazilian authorities as they were about to leave the country earlier this week and were questioned about the incident. The questioning reportedly confirmed that the robbery story was made up.

Bentz and Conger have been characterized as witnesses to the incident and have not been implicated in the vandalism.

The U.S. Olympic Committee apologized this morning to Rio authorities for the incident.

Lochte, who made it out of Brazil before officials began to pursue the U.S. athletes in their investigation of the incident, may end up paying a much bigger price than Feigen for his part in the scandal. Lochte’s endorsement deals, which have been estimated as being worth $1 million or more, are said to be in jeopardy.

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