U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte made up a story about getting robbed at gunpoint by men dressed as police officers in Rio de Janeiro, two of his teammates told police, according to The Associated Press.
Lochte had claimed that he and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint. But Brazilian sources told ABC News on Thursday that the swimmers had lied, claiming surveillance video showed one of them fighting with a gas station security guard and causing damage to a restroom on the night of the alleged incident.
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The athletes damaged the bathroom door and the police were called to the gas station, located in Barra da Tijuca. The gas station owner told the O Globonewspaper that the swimmers had urinated on a side wall at his premises and that they even had an image of the butt of one of the swimmers. He said that gas station staff had pointed out the bathroom, but the swimmers urinated on the wall anyway. The owner called the incident “pure vandalism.”
NBC News reported that the security guard had pulled a gun on the swimmers, but a police official told the AP that the guard never drew a gun. Reuters reported on Thursday that the athletes paid for the damage in cash.
Two of the swimmers involved in the incident, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz,were removed from a U.S.-bound flight on Wednesday night and detained by Brazilian officials. They told officials the story had been fabricated, the AP reported.