First, the American Olympic swimmers claimed that they were robbed at gunpoint. But then their claims were questioned by authorities, they stood by their report saying that the robbery did indeed take place.
Now, CCTV recordings from the “crime scene” have been released and they tell a different story.
US swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz have now told police that they fabricated claims that they and their Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte were robbed at a gas station on Sunday.
The video released show the men can running to and from the bathroom at the servo, around 6am.
According to reports, Lochte and the group also destroyed a door at the gas station and refused to pay for the damage until a security guard demanded they hand over money.
The gas station where the incident occurred is not the same one that Lochte initially told authorities he had been at on Sunday.
Reports reveal that some of the swimmers were caught urinating against a wall of the servo but were then asked to use the restroom and directed to where it was. It has been claimed that the group also destroyed an advertisement on the wall and parts of the restroom.
That is when the guard, who was armed with a pistol but never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers, asked that they pay for damages, an official says.
The situation did not escalate as the gas station manager then arrived; the men paid and they left the station. Some fans believe that the athletes may have been too intoxicated that their reality became distorted while others think that they were just irresponsible and looking for publicity. What do you think?
Watch the CCTV recording here…