RIO DE JANEIRO (ABC NEWS/AP) – ABC News reports that Ryan Lochte and three other American Olympic swimmers fabricated a robbery story.
Lochte says he, Conger, Bentz, and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint inside of a taxi by men with a police badge this past weekend. Police say they have found little evidence to back up the swimmers’ stories.
A new video, according to ABC News, shows a swimmer “fighting” with security at a gas station.
A U.S. Olympic Committee official says three American Olympic swimmers plan to meet with Brazilian law enforcement today to discuss a reported robbery targeting 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and his teammates.
USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky says Conger and Bentz were released by local authorities after being pulled from a flight at the Rio de Janeiro airport. They were released with the understanding that discussions would continue amid uncertainty over what truly took place during a late outing the night Olympic swimming wrapped up at the Rio Games.
Sandusky says teammate Feigen also plans to talk to officials as he navigates a judge’s order that keeps him in Brazil. The order similarly called for Lochte’s passport to be seized, but the star swimmer had already returned to the United States before authorities could enforce the decision.
A lawyer for Conger and Bentz says they won’t be allowed to leave Brazil until they provide testimony to investigators. The swimmers didn’t speak to reporters as they left the airport, shuttled away by a black car waiting outside.