Lochte cleared of criminal charge after false robbery report at Rio 2016

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Lovable lunkhead Ryan Lochte has been cleared of charges stemming from his infamous fibs about a drunken run-in at a Brazilian gas station that ballooned into an worldwide incident during last summer's Rio Olympics.

Lochte's lawyers sought to have the case dismissed, and though a lower court initially ruled the charges were valid, they have now been dismissed by an appellate court, applying a strict interpretation of Brazilian law.

Lochte was charged with falsely communicating a crime to police, following an incident at a gas station in which he claimed that he, and three others members of the US swim team, were robbed and held at gunpoint.

"We are pleased that the Court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while also acknowledging that he committed no crime while in Brazil".

Lochte's attorney, Jeff Ostrow, issued a statement to USA Today that hailed the court's decision as a definitive victory for his client.

Lochte told NBC previous year that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with police badges as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party on August 15.

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.

Surveillance video shows Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, where they claimed they were robbed by armed men posing as cops.

Local media however said that prosecutors can appeal the ruling, and added that Lochte still faces other charges in Brazilian courts.

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

An investigation by USA Today Sports found Lochte had exaggerated the incident, but the base of his story was true. The swimmer celebrated the opportunity to get back into training by dedicating the 2020 Olympics to his newborn son, Caiden. Lochte was suspended for 10 months by the U.S. Olympic Committee, beginning in September 2016.



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