Ryan Lochte cleared of Rio Olympic incident charge

Ryan Lochte cleared of Rio Olympic incident charge

Ryan Lochte cleared of Rio Olympic incident charge

Ryan Lochte is set to return to USA Swimming-sanctioned competition this week after the end of a 10-month ban for his bogus gunpoint robbery story at the Rio Olympics previous year.

The 32-year-old Olympic swimmer's criminal case has been dismissed by an appellate court in Brazil, according to USA Today.

Lochte was charged for exaggerating the details of an encounter with alleged thieves after he and three teammates had stopped at a gas station to use the restroom after a night of partying following the conclusion of the swimming competition at the Rio Games. "We are hopeful that the prosecution accepts the Court's decision so that this story can finally be put to rest", said Jeff Ostrow, Lochte's attorney, in a statement to ET.

A Rio de Janeiro appeals court on Friday threw out that case after determining that Lochte's robbery claim, made in a TV interview, did not rise to the level of filing a false crime report.

Lochte's interview with NBC, in which he claimed he and three other members of the USA swim team had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio, did not constitute a false report, the court decided.

Video captured by surveillance cameras showed the athletes getting into a confrontation with security guards at a gas station.

Ryan Lochte cleared of Rio Olympic incident charge

As of July 1, the 32-year-old six-time Olympic swimming gold medallist was clear to return to global competition after seeing out a 10-month ban imposed by the US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming.

Police investigated the matter and said the altercation was actually the swimmers' fault because they drunkenly vandalized a bathroom.

However, a subsequent investigation {by USA Today: "https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/07/14/ryan-lochte-cleared-criminal-charges-stemming-rio-olympics-incident/481222001/" target="_blank"} found the basic elements of Lochte's story were true.

The only damage caused by the swimmers at the gas station was the poster that Lochte knocked off a wall.

As a result, Lochte lost all four of his significant sponsors- including Speedo and Ralph Lauren- in a single day, and earned a 10-month suspension from the United States Olympic Committee.

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