Ryan Lochte‘s lawyer, Jeffrey Owens, told ABC Newsin a statement: “I am not aware of the federal police recommending charges for filing a false report. I am not surprised to hear it though. They’ve gone this far and have failed to acknowledge that the robbery actually took place, so that would be the natural next step. A gun was pointed at the swimmers and they were forced to get out of their cab and give up their money. No matter what happened at the gas station, the swimmers were robbed by people with a gun appearing to be law enforcement. No matter what country you are in that is robbery and robbery is a serious crime.”
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Ryan Lochte and his teammate Jimmy Feigen face a possible indictment by Brazilian authorities, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, August 18. According to the AP, officials are recommending that the two swimmers be indicted on charges of falsely reporting a crime. (ABC News initially reported that the two had already been indicted, but Rio police told NBC News that was not the case.)
The news comes amid allegations that the 12-time gold medalist lied about being robbed and held at gunpoint on Sunday, August 14.