Lochte charged with filing false report

26 Aug 2016 | By Shiladitya

Brazilian police charged US Olympic swimmer and gold medallist Ryan Lochte with filing a false report about an armed robbery incident.

Lochte, who has left Brazil, can choose to be absent during the trial and let an attorney represent him.

Lochte's spokeswoman, Melissa Nathan, refused to comment.

In context: Ryan Lochte charged with filing false robbery report

Lochte's accountThe 'robbery' incident

After attending a party at an elite riding club, Ryan Lochte, along with fellow American swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, took a cab to head back to the Olympic village in the early hours of 14th August.

Lochte claimed to have been robbed at gun point by armed men, dressed as police officers, who stopped their cab at a gas station.

Lochte describes the incident in NBC interview

In an interview with NBC, Ryan Lochte described the incident saying, "I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cellphone, he left my credentials."
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The accounts by eyewitnesses

Eyewitness accountThe accounts by eyewitnesses

According to the gas station's owner, the four swimmers were drunk when they stopped at the station.

They vandalized the gas station and urinated around the premises.

Video footage confirmed the owner's account, showing that security guards had brandished their weapons to stop the swimmers from leaving after they went around vandalizing the place.

Civil Police chief describes the incident

Fernando Veloso, the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police chief, described the incident saying that the swimmers were "exhibiting, at a minimum, inadequate attitudes, breaking things and showing themselves ready to elevate the level of violence."

17 Aug 2016Bentz, Feigen and Conger seized as Lochte flees Brazil

After the controversial account of the incidents which occurred on the night of 14th August, Ryan Lochte left Brazil.

However, two of the other three swimmers involved in the incident - Bentz and Conger - were apprehended by the Brazilian police as they were about to board a flight out of Rio.

The third, Jimmy Feigen, who was still in Rio, was also detained.

Lochte issues apology

After returning to the US, Lochte issued an apology, saying, "I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend — for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning."
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Possible punishmentsThe possible outcomes of the indictment

Reporting a false crime in Brazil results in a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison.

However, the special court handling the case could offer Lochte another way out.

If Lochte does decide to attend the hearing, he could get away with paying a fine like his fellow swimmer Jimmy Feigen did.

Feigen's attorney negotiated a fine of $10,800 to resolve Feigen's case.