Updated on August 18 at 11:46 a.m. ET
Brazilian officials say the four American swimmers who said they were robbed at gunpoint on Sunday fabricated their story.
ABC News reports that a Brazilian police source told the network that “one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard” on the night the alleged robbery took place. A similar account was reported by The New York Times.
Three of the four swimmers involved in the incident are still in Rio, while the fourth, Ryan Lochte, is back in the U.S. On Wednesday we told you a Brazilian judge ordered police to seize Lochte’s passport, as well as that of James Feigen, his teammate, over alleged inconsistencies in their accounts of what happened. To add to this saga, the two swimmers who were with them at the time of the reported robbery, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were pulled off a U.S.-bound flight late Wednesday over the incident.
A spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed that Conger and Bentz were removed by Brazilian authorities from their flight home. They were reportedly released upon condition of remaining in Brazil and cooperating with authorities who are investigating their accounts.