Ryan Lochte Charged with Falsely Reporting Crime
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged with falsely reporting a crime according to Rio police.
A statement from the department’s chief has requested a letter be sent to Lochte communicating the legal process related to the charges.
A copy of the indictment also will be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission.
Lochte had reported the incident to NBC, which is broadcasting the Olympics in the United States, saying the swimmers’ taxi was pulled over and men flashed a police badge at the Americans before forcing them to the ground. After Lochte refused to get down, he said a man cocked a gun and pressed it against his head.
Brazilian authorities say Lochte and other U.S. swimmers were never robbed, and that surveillance video showed them vandalizing a gas station after a night of partying.