Ryan Lochte has officially been charged for his 2016 Rio Olympics crime.
During what should have been an all-around historic Olympic Games for Team U.S.A., Lochte has made them all about himself. It all began when he told NBC that he and three other U.S. swimmers–Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz–were robbed at gunpoint. This quickly proved to be a massive lie, as surveillance cameras showed that the four men actually trashed a Rio gas station while intoxicated and refused to pay for any of the damages. The men were later removed from their taxi by security, who pulled a gun on them due to their behavior.
Lochte has since apologized for the incident and for trying to cover it up, but he still had charges placed against him. According to CNN, Brazilian officials charged Lochte with falsely reporting a crime.
If found guilty, Lochte could face one to six months in prison, or the judge could only make him pay a fine. Lochte will be summoned to Rio, but he can send a lawyer to appear in court for him.
As almost all celebrities who break the law do, Lochte will most likely get off pretty easy in this case. If this happened to everyday citizens, like you or I, we would probably be sentenced to jail time.
Despite the charges brought against him and losing many of his major sponsors, including Speedo, things are looking up for the Olympic gold medalist. He has already gained a new sponsor in Pine Brothers cough drops, who signed him to appear in their new ads.
Lochte is also rumored to appear on season 23 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, alongside Amber Rose and possibly Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice. This really should not come as a shock to anyone, as Americans never waste time trying to financially gain from the wrongdoings of a public figure.