Lochte Fabricated Story About Being Robbed at Gunpoint: Report
According to the latest reports, US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about getting robbed in Rio de Janeiro.
The Hill reports:
At about 6 a.m. Sunday, Lochte and swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen stopped at a gas station in a suburb of Rio and broke the door to an outside bathroom, according to the report.
In response, a security guard confronted the swimmers, the official told the AP. The guard was reportedly armed with a pistol but never took out the weapon.
The gas station manager then showed up and requested the swimmers pay for the damage.
The swimmers paid the manager an undisclosed amount and left, the report said.
Conger and Bentz — who were pulled off a plane Wednesday night when they were attempting to travel back to the U.S. — told police that the original story was made up.
A police source told ESPN that Conger and Bentz were interviewed for more than three hours at the airport.
Court officials had called for all four swimmers’ passports to be seized, but Lochte had already returned to the U.S.
Lochte initially told NBC News that the four swimmers were in a taxi that was pulled over by men with badges. He said one man pointed a gun to his forehead and ordered him to get down.
Lochte said the robbers took his money and wallet, but left his cellphone and credentials. He and his fellow swimmers were returning to the Olympic Village from a party.
In a later interview, Lochte changed some of the details of the story, instead saying a gun was pointed in his direction. He also said the taxi wasn’t pulled over but that the swimmers had made a stop at a gas station, where they were robbed.
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