Ryan Lochte had a bit of a scare when two protesters wearing “anti-Lochte” t-shirts rushed the stage on “DWTS” while the disgraced Olympic swimmer was being judged after a dance number.
The two men who were rushed off stage after the incident now face criminal charges. Sam Sotoodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroudi, 25, could each face a maximum of six-months in jail and a $1,000 fine. They are expected in court on October 4th to face charges for entering upon a stage and interfering with a performance.
Lochte was about to be judged on the show when the incident occurred, prompting security to reportedly tackle the man to the ground (viewers were not shown the incident, with the camera focused on judge Carrie Ann Inaba as she tells the men to leave the stage).
The show’s live broadcast went to a commercial break as Lochte stood stunned and silent. The suspended U.S. swimmer addressed the situation after returning from commercials: “I’m doing good. So many feelings are going through my head right now. A little hurt. I came out here and wanted to do something I’m completely not comfortable with and I did and I came out here with a big smile.”
E! News’ Tierney Bricker elaborated on the situation:
The company that produces “Dancing With the Stars” addressed the incident in a statement. “Two individuals stormed the dance floor tonight and were immediately subdued and escorted out of the building,” said a spokesperson for BBC Worldwide Productions. “The matter is now being handled by the authorities.”
Following the incident, Lochte and dancing partner Cheryl Burke were reportedly too shaken up to comment.