Updated on August 19 at 10:31 a.m. ET
NEWS BRIEF The bizarre case involving four American swimmers who said they’d been robbed at gunpoint in Rio appears to be at an end, with the sole remaining Olympic gold medalist agreeing to pay an equivalent of $10,800 to resolve the dispute over their account.
James Feigen will pay the money as a donation to an unnamed charity, his attorney, Breno Melaragno, was quoted as saying.
“After this donation is done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home.”
The other three swimmers involved in the controversy, Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz are all back in the U.S. Brazilian authorities pulled Conger and Bentz off a U.S.-bound flight on Wednesday, but they have since been allowed to leave. Lochte left Rio soon after the controversy erupted and apparently before a Brazilian judge ordered his passport seized over his account, and those of his three fellow swimmers, of being robbed at gunpoint.
Lochte, who had recounted the story several times this week and stood by his version of events, apologized Friday in a statement in which he called the experience “traumatic.”
At the core of the dispute is what happened to the gold medal winners on Sunday. They said they were robbed at gunpoint by men dressed as police officers as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party. But police in Rio were unable to corroborate their account. Indeed, that’s why Judge Keyla Blank wanted their passports seized. She wrote that their accounts varied from surveillance footage.