Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will be summoned back to Rio De Janeiro to testify in front of the Justice Department in Rio De Janeiro regarding his claim that he and several other Olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio De Janeiro a few weeks ago, a police official told Fox News.
In order to testify, he would have to appear in court in Brazil and not in the U.S. or be tried in absentia. If he doesn’t appear in front of Brazil’s Justice Department, he won’t face any penalties, but he won’t be able to take part in a plea deal.
It is unclear what would happen if he is tried in absentia.
In a recent interview with Brazil’s largest broadcaster, Globo TV, Lochte admitted that he exaggerated his story, but emphasized that he did not lie completely.
“I wasn’t lying to a certain extent,” he said. “I over-exaggerated what was happening to me.”