American swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen have been indicted in Brazil for “false reporting of a crime,” according to Brazil’s GloboNews.
The pair face between 1 and 6 months in jail or a fine if convicted. The two were among four American swimmers, including Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, who have not been indicted, involved in an altercation at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week after finishing competition at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The crime was originally reported as a robbery, where Lochte said his taxi was pulled over by an unmarked police car and he and his compatriots were robbed at gun-point.
In video obtained by GloboTV, the group is shown in an altercation with gas station employees. According to Rio police, the altercation involved accusations by the gas station employees that the swimmers had vandalized a bathroom. Later that day (the incident happened early in the morning), the 32-year old Lochte, owner of 12 Olympic medals, told reporters that he was held up at gun-point after his mother apparently leaked the information to international media.
While Lochte has remained steadfast to his story, including in an interview on Wednesday evening with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Rio police say that no such robbery happened, and instead it was gas station security guards who confronted the group about alleged damage done to the bathroom facilities.
Rio police have confirmed that the security officers did have guns.
The owner of the gas station has not filed charges against the swimmers as of Thursday and so there are currently no charges for the property damage, which carries the same penalty guidelines as does the false reporting.
Lochte is the only of the four Americans who was able to leave the country before Rio police announced that the stories didn’t add up to evidence that they were finding. A Brazilian judge has ordered Feigen to surrender his passport (as well as Lochte, though Lochte had already left the country); while Bentz and Conger were pulled off a plane on Wednesday to be questioned by Brazilian police. During that questioning, which continued into Thursday, Bentz and Conger admitted that Lochte fabricated that the group was robbed.
Bentz and Conger are not expected to be indicted because they never filed any report about the alleged incident.
Lochte has not made a statement since this morning’s accusation by Rio police that the story was fabricated.