Was Ryan Lochte's Rio robbery story a lie? Video shows a 'US Swimmer fighting, breaking down' petrol station door

By Kirstin Buick
18 August 2016

US swimming star Ryan Lochte shocked the world with the horrific tale of a gunpoint robbery in Rio – but the latest reports suggest it might not have happened at all.

US swimming star Ryan Lochte shocked the world with the horrific tale of a gunpoint robbery in Rio -- but the latest reports suggest it might not have happened at all.

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Lochte and his teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen claimed to have been victims of an armed robbery of their taxi cab en route to the Olympic Village last week.
But according ABC News, the elaborate tale was fabricated.

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A Brazilian police source reportedly told the site "one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard" on the night of the incident.

The source does not identify the swimmer, but gold medalist Lochte was named in the initial report when the news broke last weekend, according to International Business Times.

The latest report comes hot on the heels of the news that Conger and Bentz were pulled off their flight back home by Brazilian authorities Wednesday, pending an investigation into their tale.

Earlier that day, Brazilian judge ordered the seizure of Lochte's passport. The athlete had previously described the "robbery" on NBC News in great detail. "We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing, just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground. They got down on the ground. I refused, I was like, 'We didn't do anything wrong, so I'm not getting down on the ground.' "And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said: 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'Whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet. He left my cellphone, he left my credentials."

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Sources: ABC News, BBC, Yahoo News, NY Post

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