Ryan Lochte‘s mom Ileana Lochte is saying her son and at least one other Olympian were held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil early Sunday morning. The guys were leaving a nightclub in a taxi when they stopped briefly for fuel. That’s when thieves came at them with guns and knives.
I think they’re all shaken up,” she told USA Today. “There were a few of them. No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it.”
In a strange twist, a representative for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is denying reports that the robbery happened at all. Mark Adams says the story is “absolutely not true.”
Flavio Perez, a representative for Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira confirmed the story is in fact, true.
“Thiago Pereira and his wife Gabriela Pauletti were in Club France, the French house in Brazil, and they were celebrating the birthday of a friend in common,” Perez told The Washington Post. “Lochte was also in the same place, commemorating the same birthday. Ryan and Thiago are friends. Thiago and his wife left earlier, they left alone, the two of them. Thiago and his wife went back to their hotel. Then Thiago, on finding out what happened, called Ryan. Ryan is well, and Thiago said that the robbery, according to Ryan, was in the taxi. The taxi was robbed.”
The Civil Police claim no one alerted them of the incident so no report has been filed as of yet. There’s currently a report that Lochte himself confirmed the news to NBC’s Billy Bush.