Brazil court dismisses Ryan Lochte false report case

July 15, 2017 - 4:24 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The court in Rio confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining that Lochte's robbery claim made to NBC did not constitute the filing of a fake report.

Jeff Ostrow is a U.S. lawyer for Lochte. He said in a statement to USA Today that they are "pleased" by the decision and that the court understood "he committed no crime."

Ostrow did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Saturday.

Under Brazilian law, the penalty for filing a false crime report is a maximum of 18 months in prison.

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