Whoa! The two guys who rushed the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ stage to protest Ryan Lochte on Sept. 12 were caught leaving jail one day later, and they finally set the record straight as to why they did it. Were they planning to hurt the swimmer? See for yourself, right here.
59-year-old Sam Sotoodeh and 25-year-old Barzeen Soroudi got arrested on Set. 12 after rushing the Dancing with the Stars stage to protest Ryan Lochte, 32, being cast in the competition show. The duo, who are related, spent the night in prison. Upon their release, TMZ managed to ask them what the purpose was behidn the scary incident. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE INTERVIEW.
“We didn’t agree with Walt Disney company choosing Lochte to represent Americans,” the protesters (still rocking the “No Lochte” shirts) revealed. “Yes he did receive gold medals, but what he did in Rio did not represent Americans well.” However, they didn’t wish the swimmer any harm! “No, not at all, it was just a protest not a violent protest.”
“Once Lochte did what he did, embarrassed Americans, lied to Brazil, the climate changed,” said the pair, who were actually in Rio for the Olympics. “So all of a sudden Americans became targets in Rio, Brazilians obviously felt insulted and it became very different for many Americans there.”
“I have to give the LAPD credit, everyone was very nice, very professional, very courteous.” While the pair had nothing but respect for the officers who kept them in prison overnight, they were less than thrilled with the security personnel who grabbed them off the stage. “I don’t understand why they did that. I was not even going toward Lochte, I was going in a different direction. They tackled me, hurt me, I have bruises, my back also hurts, my neck hurts, why? Thy could have said please get off the stage and handled it in a civilized manner. He punched me, he kicked me. Our purpose is to get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar, and a Brazilian criminal.”
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