Ryan Lochte cleared of charges in Rio

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 15, 2017

A Brazilian court on Friday dismissed the case against United States swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with falsely reporting a crime after his tale of being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics fell apart.

On Friday, a Brazilian appeals court ruled that Lochte could not be criminally charged with making a false police report because the investigation was initiated by Rio police, not Lochte, USA Today reported. In actuality, the "robbers" were gas station security guards who stopped Lochte and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen for vandalizing property.

Lochte was charged with falsely communicating a crime to police, following an incident at a gas station in which he claimed that he, and three others members of the US swim team, were robbed and held at gunpoint.

An appellate court in Brazil has dismissed a criminal case against the six-time Olympic gold medalist, concluding that Lochte did not break the law in exaggerating the details of the incident, which came to overshadow the final days of the Games last summer. "It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed", said Jeff Ostrow, Lochte's Florida-based attorney, in a statement to USA Today.

Lochte was suspended from the US national swim team for 10 months for his actions at the gas station, a penalty that ended July 1, USA Today reported.

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