Ryan Lochte will be summoned to give testimony in front of Brazil’s Justice Department in Rio de Janeiro over his claim he and other U.S. Olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, a police official told Fox News on Thursday.
Lochte has since apologized for embellishing his version of events. He cannot testify in the U.S. and would have to appear in person in court in Brazil or be tried in absentia.
There is no penalty for him not appearing in front of the Justice Department, but if he doesn’t appear he won’t be able to engage in a plea deal, Detective Clemente Braune said. Lochte returned to the U.S. last week.
The civil police in Brazil say they will finish their investigation this week and send their findings to state prosecutors. Through an international cooperation agreement, the findings will be sent to the proper federal U.S. law enforcement agency which will notify Lochte, police add.
Initially, Lochte said he and three teammates — Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen — were robbed after their taxi was pulled over by armed men posing as police just hours after the swimming competition ended in Rio.