Rio police have charged U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false police report.
U.S. Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged by Brazilian police with filing a false report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janerio, according to the Associated Press.
Lochte will be informed of the charges in the United States so he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil, according to AP, which also reported the indictment will be sent to theInternational Olympic Committee’s ethics commission.
Lochte’s attorney, Jeffrey Ostrow, said they have not heard from officials in Rio.
“I’m endeavoring to obtain more information and we intend to fully cooperate with the government as we have all along,” Ostrow stated. .
Lochte, the American swimmer, initially said that he three teammmates — fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen — were robbed at gunpoint Aug. 14 by men with a police badge as they returned in a taxi to the Olympic Village from a party. He later amended details, such as a gun being cocked at his forehead.
Brazilian police alleged that the U.S. swimmers vandalized a gas station restroom. But an investigation found that while Lochte pulled down a metal advertisement and the swimmers urinated behind the gas station restroom, there was no other evidence of vandalism.
In addition, police never questioned the swimmers about the alleged vandalism, according to transcripts of testimony given by the Americans to Rio law enforcement..
Feigen was detained in Rio last week and eventually paid about $10,000 in a settlement to avoid charges, though he could have performed community service.