Protesters Rush Ryan Lochte During 'DWTS' Show (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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ABC News' "Good Morning America" aired footage on Sept. 13 of two protesters rushing Olympian Ryan Lochte and his dancing partner, Cheryl Burke, during the season premiere of "Dancing With The Stars" on Sept. 12 (video below).

In the original broadcast version, viewers got to see only judge Carrie Ann Inaba repeatedly yelling, "Excuse me!" at the protesters, but the newly-released footage shows a security guard taking down one of the protesters and handcuffing him on the dance floor.

Police identified the protesters as Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, who were both charged with misdemeanor trespassing, according to USA Today.

Sotoodeh told journalists, "We were sitting in our seats and we walked out and said, 'He’s a liar.'"

DWTS host Tom Bergeron recalled the incident on "Good Morning America":

It’s not uncommon for there to be a lot of noise here, a lot of cheering, a lot of jeering when people don’t like the judges' comments. It wasn’t really until I saw Carrie Ann [Inaba]’s expression change that I got the sense something more was going on and I turned and honestly, by the time I saw the two guys coming with their T-shirts, our security team had them sucking floor.

So it all happened very quickly and then my main concern was how Ryan and Cheryl [Burke] were and to try to get some control of the show so we could move forward once I knew that that had been taken care of.

Bergeron continued, explaining that the room seemed shocked by the incident, and referred to the show's various security precautions. He added, "The mood in the room was definitely in Ryan’s corner after these guys were escorted out."

The men reportedly stormed the stage in protest of Lochte's story about an alleged gunpoint mugging in Rio during the Olympic Games, which turned out not to be true.

"I heard the audience members saying they didn’t know what to do because they thought it was part of the show," Bergeron added. "There are always skeptics about everything ... but look, it wasn’t a bit. It was really unnerving and again, I applaud our security team for making it very short."

Los Angeles police spokesman Mike Lopez told USA TODAY: "Nobody was hurt and nobody was touched in the incident."

Sources: ABC News, USA TODAY / Photo credit: ABC News via YouTube

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