Claim: Lochte Group Urinated On, Vandalized Gas Station

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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U.S. Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz have confessed to Brazilian police they fabricated claims that they, along with gold medalist Ryan Lochte, were robbed at gunpoint in Rio by men posing as police. 

The admission came after video surveillance showed the men at the gas station they were allegedly robbed at, running back and forth between the bathroom. The group destroyed a gas station door and the men confronted by a security guard, who made them to hand over money to cover the damages, the Daily Mail reported.

The group was also allegedly caught urinating against the gas station wall and vandalized an advertisement.

The swimmers released a statement through the U.S. Olympic Committee saying they were robbed at gunpoint by individuals posing as police officers while they were taking a taxi back to the Olympic Village from the French hospitality house on Aug. 14, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Brazilian investigators found inconsistencies in their stories, and a judge forbid Lochte and Jimmy Feigen from leaving the country so police could gather further testimonies. By that time, Lochte had already arrived at his home in Florida. It is not clear where Feigen is.

An anonymous witness gave the Daily Mail a different account of what happened. "They stopped at a gas station and they were all really drunk," said the source. "They went to the toilet and damaged it pretty badly."

"The security guy saw them and started arguing with them -- telling them they had to pay. They refused and argued back."

Eventually, the men "gave him some money and left." 

Bentz and Conger, the two other swimmers involved, were pulled off of their flights back to the U.S. and taken into custody. They were released only after promising to fully cooperate with police, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Rio Olympic spokesman Mario Andrada defended the swimmers' actions and is calling on the public to move forward and forget about it.

"Let's give these kids a break," he said in a statement. "Sometimes you take actions you later regret. They are magnificent athletes. Lochte is of one of the best swimmers of all time. They had fun. They made a mistake. It’s part of life. Life goes on.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Ryan Lochte/Instagram

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