Video footage has surfaced of security tackling one of two Ryan Lochte protestors that ran onto the ballroom floor during the swimmer’s “Dancing with the Stars” debut on Monday night.
In the clip, provided by “Good Morning America,” a security guard takes one of the male protestors to the ground before he can reach Lochte, who was dancing with partner Cheryl Burke. According to ABC, the two protestors were definitely gunning for Lochte, screaming “liar,” in reference to Lochte’s gas station incident in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics.
The suspended Olympic swimmer made his debut on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, but the show had to jump to an emergency commercial break when two audience members heckled Lochte and stormed the stage.
“We had a little break because we had a little incident,” Bergeron said. “I would like to personally thank our security team for staying in shape.”
BBC Worldwide Productions, which develops and produces the show, told TheWrap in a statement, “Two individuals stormed the dance floor tonight and were immediately subdued and escorted out of the building. The matter is now being handled by the authorities.”
Last month, Lochte was charged with making false report of robbery after claiming that he and three fellow U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint after competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
After the events came to light, a slew of sponsors — including Speedo, Ralph Lauren and mattress company Airweave — severed ties with Lochte.
Watch the video below.
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