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Friday 26 May 2017

Men charged after Dancing With The Stars Ryan Lochte protest

Ryan Lochte is banned from swimming until next June (AP)
Ryan Lochte is banned from swimming until next June (AP)
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Two men have been charged after they rushed the stage of Dancing With The Stars in a protest against US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were charged with interfering with a performance and leaving a spectator area and entering a stage, both misdemeanors.

Sotoodeh, 59, and Soroudi, 25 were arrested during a taping of the ABC ballroom dancing competition on September 12.

Sotoodeh told ABC News they wanted to "get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and, under Brazilian law, a criminal".

Mr Lochte and three of his swimming team-mates faced criticism after lying about a drunken encounter during the Rio Olympics.

Arraignment is set for October 4. Each man could face six months in jail and a 1,000 US dollar (£770) fine if convicted.

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