A Brazilian official has now told The Associated Press that Ryan Lochte‘s story that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio was fabricated.
Brazilian officials are continuing to peel back the layers of what happened the night that four U.S. swimmers were allegedly robbed at gunpoint in Rio.
While Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen initially told authorities that they and their teammates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were held up when their taxi was pulled over by men posing as police officers, Lochte later said that the incident actually took place after the cab stopped to get gas.
Now, new footage suggests something else went down that night.
According to ABC News, a security camera captured at least one of the swimmers fighting with a security guard at the gas station and breaking down a bathroom door.
While Lochte has already returned to the U.S., Bentz and Conger were removed from their flight yesterday and taken in for further questioning about the incident. Feigen also remains in Rio, and told USA Today that he’s cooperating with police.
“I’m just trying to give Brazil what they need or what they want and get out of here,” he said. “It’s a hassle. But I’m safe, everything’s fine.”
For his part, Lochte continues to stand by his story, as he told Matt Lauer during a recent interview, “I wouldn’t make up a story like this nor would the others. As a matter of fact, we all feel it makes us look bad. We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.”