‘DWTS’ kicked Season 23 off with a bang on Sept. 12, when two protesters tried to sabotage Ryan Lochte’s performance. It was so scary, and that’s exactly why HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned ABC has increased Ryan’s security.
“Security around Ryan Lochte has immediately increased after the scary incident. Studio execs have increased security measures for all DWTS operations. From around the set, at the practice studios and on the lot, the bosses at ABC have increased security personnel for not only Ryan but for all stars, dancers, and crew. Producers do not want to have another incident during a live taping,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
We’re certainly happy to hear that! In case you missed it, immediately after Ryan Lochte’s dance on the Sept. 12 premiere of DWTS, two protesters — 59-year-old Sam Sotoodeh and 25-year-old Barzeen Soroudi — bum-rushed the stage to try and ruin it. Fortunately, they were quickly apprehended and cuffed before being taken away by police. They even spent the night in jail.
“We didn’t agree with Walt Disney company choosing Lochte to represent Americans,” the protesters (still rocking the “No Lochte” shirts) revealed to TMZ after the incident. “Yes he did receive gold medals, but what he did in Rio did not represent Americans well … it was just a protest not a violent protest.” They said they had no plans to physically harm Ryan, but ABC doesn’t want to take any chances.
Moving forward, there will be heightened security all over the set. Obviously, the network is just doing everything possible to stop another incident from happening.
HollywoodLifers, was it a good idea for ABC to increase Ryan Lochte’s security after the attack? Tell us below!