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UPDATE: U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil

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Swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday, NBC News has confirmed.

Following conflicting reports — including the IOC denying any incident took place — Lochte himself confirmed with TODAY's Billy Bush that he and "three other swimmers" were robbed at gunpoint.

"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte said. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground.

"And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, "Get down," and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials."

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky later told NBC News in a statement: "According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities."

Lochte's mom had earlier told other news organizations that the robbery happened at a party.

"I think they're all shaken up. There were a few of them," Ileana Lochte told USA Today. "No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it."

USA Today and Fox Sports Australia had both reported that the 32-year-old Lochte was robbed early Sunday while socializing the night after Olympic swimming events ended. The IOC spokesman denied the claim at first before hedging, acknowledging he didn't directly know the specifics of the situation.


There are conflicting reports from Rio de Janeiro that U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janerio.

Lochte's mother Ileana Lochte, reached by USA TODAY Sports, confirmed her son was robbed but said he was unharmed. The International Olympic Committee has denied the report.

"I think they're all shaken up. There were a few of them," she told USA Today Sports. "They just took their wallets and basically that was it."

But David Marsh, the swimmer's personal coach, disputed that report saying via text message to USA TODAY Sports that Lochte "was not held up" and that he's trying to get more details on what happened.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Sunday during a daily briefing at the Rio Games that the report "was absolutely not true" and that his information comes from the swimmer and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

A spokesman for the USOC said it was trying to get more information.

Ileana Lochte did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

USA Today and Fox Sports Australia both said Lochte was robbed and had his wallet stolen.

Lochte won gold as part of the 4x200 individual freestyle relay Olympic team.

The report of armed robbery against Lochte comes after several athletes, coaches, trainers and attendees reported being victimized while attending the 2016 Olympic Games.

Belgian judo competitor Dirk Van Tichelt was hit in the face during celebrations of his bronze medal performance on Copacabana beach. His phone was stolen late Monday on the popular strip and he was hit as he was chasing the local thief.

Australia's Olympic delegation also called for tighter beach security after two rowing coaches were robbed at knife point near Rio's iconic Ipanema beach.

Two teens, one of them brandishing a long knife, grabbed the coaches by their throats in the Friday incident and pushed them against the wall. The coaches didn't offer any resistance and handed over their wallets and mobile phones.

An Olympic security officer was also fatally shot after taking a wrong turn into a dangerous slum.

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