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Around the Games - Olympics: Day 7

Ryan Lochte got the surprise of his life last night on Dancing with the Stars.

Just after the swimmer’s debut dance routine on the popular reality competition show, two audience members rushed the stage as Lochte was receiving a critique from one of the judges.

CNN reports that men were yelling “anti-Lochte chants” just before being subdued by security. Producers quickly cut to a commercial break, and the men were later identified by LAPD as Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh.

“They were arrested on trespassing, this was a private person’s arrest as the security at the venue made the arrest,” LAPD told CNN. “We just accepted [them] and booked them.”

From CNN:

“Lochte joined Season 23 of “Dancing With The Stars” after a spate of negative publicity he received for admitting he ‘over-exaggerated’ claims that he and fellow swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.


Throughout the brief incident, the camera stayed focused on judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who yelled ‘Excuse me!’ multiple times as clamor rose in the audience and onstage.

‘Off! Off!’ she yelled, gesturing for the intruders to get off stage.”

Lochte said he was hurt by the incident.

“You know, at that moment, I was really heartbroken,” he said after the show. “My heart just sunk. It felt like somebody just ripped it apart.”

He continued, “I had to realize that I came out here in front of millions. I did something that I did not know how to do — I don’t know how to dance. And I gave it my all and I’m glad I did it and I’m glad I’m here.”

Watch the audience footage below.


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