Brazilian authorities say Feigen, Lochte, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger concocted the robbery story after a drunken incident early Sunday morning at a Rio gas station in which two of the men urinated at the back of the station and Lochte punched an advertisement in a metal frame. Employees at the gas station alerted security, who appeared on surveillance-camera footage to detain the foursome at gunpoint until police arrived. The swimmers settled the matter by paying off the gas station with about $50 in cash and were allowed to leave.
Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, claimed the group had been robbed at gunpoint during an interview with NBC on Sunday afternoon but has since changed the details of his story multiple times. He returned to the United States earlier this week, before Brazilian authorities could question him further. Bentz and Conger left Brazil on Thursday night after giving testimony to the police, according to the AP.
It’s unclear whether Lochte will face a false-reporting charge, though Brazilian police reportedly have recommended that he be indicted.
“On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” the U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement Thursday night.