US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen
Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have recommended that U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen face charges of false reporting of a crime, the Federal Police of Brazil said.
The recommendation follows assertions by Brazil’s police today that Lochte, Feigen and two other U.S. swimmers who said they were held up at gunpoint in Rio were not robbed.
One or more of the U.S. Olympic swimmers vandalized a bathroom at a gas station after the four left a party early Sunday, according to Rio’s Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso. The athletes broke mirrors and damaged other things in the bathroom, police said.
The athletes initially refused to stay at the gas station, but security asked the taxi not to leave. Another person stepped in to translate between the athletes and the guards, and the athletes left money, police said.
Police said that witnesses were initially afraid to speak to police.
There was no evidence of violence against the athletes, police noted. The investigation is ongoing.
Sources who spoke to the four swimmers today disputed Brazilian police’s characterization of what happened, telling ABC News that Lochte and the others were held up by gunmen until the athletes handed over hundreds of dollars.
The swimmers have cooperated with police, the sources told ABC News.
On Sunday, Lochte claimed that he and three teammates — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen — were robbed in a taxi early that morning while heading to the Olympic Village.
Yesterday, Lochte told NBC News’ Matt Lauer that the swimmers had used a restroom at a gas station and when they returned to the taxi, the driver didn’t move. That’s when two men approached with guns and badges and told the athletes to get out of the taxi and …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper