The Ryan Lochte ‘robbery’ scandal continues to escalate as more sides of the story come out, causing Ryan’s original explanation of events to look shakier by the minute. HollywoodLife.com has spoken to lawyers who explained that Ryan and his Olympic teammates can be charged for lying about what happened — and the two athletes being held could technically even serve time in Brazil.
Ylber Albert Dauti of The Dauti Law Firm tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Ryan Lochte, 32, and his three teammates — Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Gunnar Bentz — could be charged for the misdemeanor of calling the Aug. 14 incident a “robbery”, when it in fact wasn’t one. “[One] possible charge is ‘false communication of a crime/filing a false police report’. It’s just a potential misdemeanor charge — not a felony charge,” Dauti explains. Any charges against the swimmers for fibbing wouldn’t be too serious, then, but it’s likely that they will be charged, period.
The swimmers allegedly wrecked a gas station bathroom while inebriated, but Daniel N. Arshack of Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman considers that financial matter settled. “I don’t see them being charged with destruction of a bathroom door for which they already paid,” he explains, but agrees with Dauti that the athletes could be charged for misrepresenting the facts in the original police report.
As for whether the two swimmers being held at the airport are facing time in Brazil? Arshack says it’s a possibility: “If it can be proven that they filed a false police report, then they may serve time.” Yikes! However, Arshack maintains that it probably won’t come to that. “The swimmers will likely acknowledge that they were ‘confused’ by the situation and apologize for their mischaracterization of the event and it will end with that,” Arshack predicts.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Ryan and his teammates should be charged for their misdemeanor? Sound off below!