Brazilian police have charged Ryan Lochte with filing a false robbery report Thursday over his claim that he and three fellow U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at a Rio de Janeiro gas station during the Summer Olympics.
The indictment will be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission, and a police statement says Lochte will be informed in the United States so he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil, the Associated Press reports.
Fox News reported earlier on Thursday that the 12-time Olympic medalist will be summoned to give testimony in front of Brazil’s Justice Department during the ongoing investigation into the incident.
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Fox News reports that there is no penalty if Lochte doesn’t appear in front of the Justice Department, but that the swimmer will not be able to engage in a plea deal if he is not present.
Lochte, who returned to the United States last week, has since apologized for "overexaggerating" the events of that night.