And the Ryan Lochte drama continues. The Olympic swimming star was hit with criminal charges in Rio for filing a false report after police discovered that Ryan lied about being held up in Brazil. Now he could be facing time behind bars! Here’s the scoop.
Ryan Lochte is in BIG trouble now. As of Aug. 25, he was formally charged for that whole “getting robbed at the gas station” debacle. He’s on the hook for filing a false police report, and if he’s convicted with the crime he could actually go to prison, TMZ reports.
The Olympian has been summoned back to the scene of the crime for a hearing, but TMZ’s sources say that he’s refusing to go to Brazil to face the music (and honestly, we can’t blame him.) His three other team members who filed the report with him were actually stopped from leaving the country right before their plane left, and he doesn’t want to be in the same boat.
Though he technically could go to jail, the most time he could do for the misdemeanor is 6 months. America won’t extradite him for the minor crime, but he will likely have his lawyers make a deal to get him out of trouble. His teammate Jimmy Feigen donated $11k to charity in exchange for his charges to be dropped. That definitely sounds like the way to go to us!
Aug. 25 definitely took a nose dive for Ryan, who started the day on a high note. After being dropped by all of his sponsors, he cut a deal with cough drop company Pine Bros, who begged the public to give him another chance.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think Ryan should do now that there are formal charges against him? Share your thoughts with us!