Two men arrested after rushing at Ryan Lochte on 'Dancing with the Stars' stage
Two men have been arrested after they rushed the stage toward U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte during the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday.
The two men were tackled by security after Lochte finished his performance with dancing partner Cheryl Burke. The men wore anti-Lochte T-shirts, but were not wearing the shirts when they entered the studio.
"We thought it was a joke, something part of the show, but when we realized it wasn't, that hurt, that broke my heart, that people are still on that subject and no one's moving forward," Lochte said, according to ESPN.
"So many feelings are going through my head right now," Lochte added. "A little hurt but, you know, I came out here and wanted to do something that I'm completely not comfortable with and I did and I came out here with a big smile and I had the best dance partner."
The two men were identified as Sam Sododeh, 48, and Barzeen Soroudi, 40, and both were booked on suspicion of criminal trespassing and held on $1,000 bail each. There were several other people in the audience who appeared to be part of the men's protest that were also removed from the show.
"We want to publicize that this is a bad decision to have a liar be publicized as a star," one of the suspects was heard saying before the police escorted him out of the show.
The United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming suspended Lochte for 10 months for his role in an incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the Olympic games.
He was required to forfeit $100,000 in bonuses and miss next year's world championships. He also lost several endorsement deals after the incident.
- Scooby Axson