So, what's the real story about Ryan Lochte and three of his USA swimming teammates allegedly being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro?
Was Lochte's account factual or was the entire thing made up?
Well, since the story first made international headlines this past weekend, it has taken sharp twists and turns, with Lochte changing his original account of the incident and his teammates facing steep repercussions.
Plus, there's new footage that suggests the swimmers may have fought with a security guard the night of the incident after allegedly destroying a gas station bathroom and that the whole robbery story is a lie.
Lots to unpack. But Let's start with Lochte's teammates.
On Wednesday evening, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz — believed to be with Lochte the night of the incident — were removed from their flight at a Rio airport and detained with the understanding that they'll be asked to speak about the alleged robbery incident Thursday, as reported by USA Today.
"Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio," United States Olympic Committee spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement to the news outlet. "They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday."
The fourth swimmer believed to be with Lochte during the incident, James Feigen, was detained before being scheduled on the same flight and was also communicating with local authorities.
Here's footage of the swimmers being released Thursday morning.
Lochte himself was supposed to stay behind in Brazil for further questioning about the incident, but had left on a flight back to the U.S. before the country formally asked for the American swimmers' passports and told them that they were going to be detained.
Meanwhile, Lochte himself changed his original account of what took place that night.
Speaking to NBC's Matt Lauer on Wednesday night, Lochte said that he and his teammates weren't pulled over as he previously stated. He adjusted his account to say that they were at a gas station when they were robbed.
"They had gone to the bathroom in a gas station," Lauer said, as reported by USA Today. "They got back to the taxi, and when they told the taxi driver to go, he didn't move. They said, 'Let's go' again, we've got to get out of here,' and again the taxi driver didn't move. And that's when he says two men approached the car with guns and badges."
Lochte also changed the part about the robbers putting a gun to his forehead.
"That's not exactly what happened," Lochte said, via Lauer's reporting, adding that the weapon was pointed in his direction.
Adding to all of this is the fact that the swimmers didn't exactly look like they were just robbery victims while re-entering the Olympic village after their night out Sunday.
Daily Mail Online is reporting that the American swimmers destroyed a gas station and that local security pulled guns on them, demanding that they pay up for the damages — or, in other words, that the entire robbery story was a made-up lie.
While speaking with Lauer on Wednesday night, Lochte vehemently denied that the story was a cover up of any sorts.
But a Brazilian police source told ABC News that "one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard."
Check out this recently-released footage from the gas station in Rio below.
We're likely to hear a whole lot more about this story...and soon.
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