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Ryan Lochte Confirms To NBC That He Was Robbed At Gunpoint

Ryan Lochte has confirmed the earlier reports. The United States' Olympic swimmer was robbed at gunpoint in Rio on Saturday night.

It was first reported today by FOX Sports' Ben Way that Lochte was held up at gun point, though the report was denied by the IOC and the USOC, which claimed to have spoken to Lochte. Outlets like USA TODAY and the Washington Post said they spoke to Lochte's mother, who confirmed the report.

Lochte has spoken to NBC, telling Billy Bush that he and three other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint last night.

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The USOC has now put out a statement.

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This is what the Washington Post reported on the alleged incident.

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,” said Perez, Pereira’s spokesman. “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 USOC and IOC had previously told the Associated Press that the reports of the robbery were not true.

Lochte, 32, has finished competing at the Olympics. He earned a gold medal as a member of the United States' 4x200m freestyle relay team. He finished in fifth place in the 200m IM in which Michael Phelps finished in first place.