Surveillance Video Raises Questions About Ryan Lochte's Rio Robbery Claim
Brazilian officials are casting doubt on the claim by U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte that he and a teammate were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend.
A Brazilian judge today issued an order for police to seize the passports of Lochte and teammate Jimmy Feigen, both of whom gave statements to police about the alleged robbery.
Lochte, however, has since returned to the U.S., and it's unclear whether Feigen is still there.
Meantime, new questions are being raised about the swimmers' claims due to surveillance video, obtained by Daily Mail, which shows the men going through an Olympic village security checkpoint.
The video shows the group smiling and laughing as they return from their night out after supposedly just being robbed at gunpoint.
According to the report, the men are seen on the footage with items which they later told police had been stolen.
Ryan Lochte's lawyer told me that the swimmer is back in the U.S. & that he stands by his account of episode in Rio https://t.co/pIndlv85uQ
— Simon Romero (@viaSimonRomero) August 17, 2016
Lochte's lawyer said his client left the country after fully cooperating with police and stands by his story.
Police say Lochte and Feigen made conflicting statements about being robbed by gunmen impersonating police officers.
"The more than calm behavior of the athletes straight after the supposed violence, together with other details present in the inquiry, makes me believe that more investigations should be undertaken into the possible false communication of a crime," a prosecutor said in a statement.
Lochte and Feigen reportedly told police they were robbed when the men stopped their taxi on their way back from a club early Sunday.
But they also told police they were too drunk and didn't remember where the robbery occurred or details about the taxicab.
Police say the swimmers returned to the Olympic village at 7am, three hours after they claimed to have been robbed.
UPDATE: Two other American swimmers who were out with Lochte and Feigen on that night were pulled off a plane Wednesday before if left from Rio for Houston. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were removed from the flight by federal police and detained for four hours for questioning.
Police still say they have not been able to find the taxi or other details which would corroborate Lochte and Feigen's stories about the supposed robbery.