Men charged over Ryan Lochte protest on TV show
Published 27/09/2016 | 20:06
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.