Famous U.S. swimmer and Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte had been detained by Brazilian authorities over false claims that he was robbed. Therefore, his passport has been order to be seized. On Wednesday, he faced further questioning by police, who found ‘little evidence’ the crime had ever actually happened.
Lochte reported to the police on Sunday that he was robbed at gunpoint along with Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. However, all the swimmers were unable to provide key details or similar accounts in police interviews.
Security footage has also emerged of Lochte returning to the Olympic complex and passing security on the night of the alleged robbery – with the wallets and watches claimed to have been stolen from the swimmers. The images contradict the version the swimmers gave to police.
Thankfully for Lochte, he is now back in the U.S. Jeff Ostrow, Lochte’s attorney, told TMZ the following:
“I have no information from Brazilian authorities that they want his passport… I’m shocked to hear that they would go to such measures in an effort to further investigate the incident as he has been nothing but cooperative with authorities, including sitting for a full interview with the Tourist Police, U.S. State Department, USOC Security, FBI, and anyone else that requested to be present.”
And according to Lochte, this is how he was allegedly robbed:
“I was with a couple swimmers, we got pulled over in our taxi and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge. No lights, no nothing, just a police badge. They pulled us over. They pulled out their guns. They told the other swimmers to get down on the ground, they got down on the ground. I refused. I was like ‘We didn’t do anything wrong so I’m not getting down on the ground.’ One of the men then pulled out his gun, cocked it, and put it to my forehead… He said ‘get down’. I put my hands up. I was like ‘whatever’. He took our money, he took my wallet.”
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