Saturday 10 December 2016

Men charged over Ryan Lochte protest on TV show

Published 27/09/2016 | 20:06

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

Two men have been charged after they rushed the stage of Dancing With The Stars in a protest against US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

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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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