September 13, 2016


Ryan Lochte Protestors Rush the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Stage: Watch

Ryan Lochte’s live debut on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars was marred by a pre-meditated stage-crashing incident in which two men were arrested.

According to NBC News, Sam Sododeh and Barzeen Soroudi rushed the stage following Lochte’s debut performance with Cheryl Burke. Security tackled both men, who had been audience members and were wearing anti-Lochte t-shirts.

Meanwhile, four or five women were reportedly escorted out of the audience after chanting “Liar!” at Lochte. The Olympic swimmer is appearing on Dancing With the Stars after exaggerating claims that he and his teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio; the incident resulted in a suspension from competition for Lochte.

The protest did not appear on camera. Choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba, a judge who was speaking to Lochte and Burke during the interruption, posted on Instagram later, "No one got hurt. Only positive energy here tonight and always."