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Rio police file charges against USA swimmer Ryan Lochte

27 August 2016

Swimmer Ryan Lochte is expected to appear at a comic convention in Richmond.

US swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged by Brazilian authorities for filing a fake robbery report during the recently concluded Olympics in Rio, CNN is reporting. It is also being sent to the International Olympic Committee. And although jail time is a possible penalty for the charge, it's a fair bet Lochte won't have to go back to Rio against his wishes. Although the US and Brazil have an extradition treaty, that doesn't mean the USA would extradite Lochte if he'd found guilty.

But while many probably agree with Roker's assessment, the outburst landed the longtime TV personality in hot water with "Today" insiders who were "embarrassed" by his response to the Lochte scandal, according to Page Six.

Ryan Lochte was charged in Brazil for filing a false robbery report.

When he refused, one of the men placed the pistol against the swimmer's head, and he then handed over his wallet, Lochte had said.

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Lochte left Brazil before police were able to question him about the incident.

The 32-year-old Lochte initially claimed that he was robbed at gunpoint, although police declared that the swimmers vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying before armed guards confronted them and asked for payment for the damage.

The charge relates to a claim he made that he and three team-mates had been robbed during the Rio Olympics. Lochte also stated the gun was pointed at his forehead. He only won one medal in 2016 as part of the top 4×200-meter freestyle relay team along with Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Michael Phelps, who has earned more medals than any Olympian ever with 28, including 23 gold.

Lochte has lost all his major sponsors over the episode, with Speedo, Ralph Lauren, mattress company Airweave, and Gentle Hair Removal parent company Syneron-Candela all announcing they were dropping ties with the athlete on Monday. But Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops said it had signed an endorsement deal with the swimmer on Friday.