Update: Ryan Lochte's Dancing With The Stars Protestors Charged

Update: The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged the two male protesters that stormed the stage during Ryan Lochte's performance during Dancing With the Stars, according to People. Sam Sotoodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroudi, 25, were both charged with two counts of misdemeanor, one for leaving a spectator area and the second for interrupting the performance, Monday. They both face up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail, the L.A. City Attorney told People. They'll be arraigned October 4.

Protesters attempted to storm the Dancing With the Stars set while the judges attempted to grade Ryan Lochte's performance tonight.
This article was originally published on September 12, 2016.
Advertisement
Men wearing white t-shirts with anti-Lochte slogans rushed the stage while Carrie Ann Inaba was speaking, according to an eyewitness report to E! News. Security prevented them from doing anything, and a crowd of other people wearing similar T-shirts was removed. One of the men reportedly threw an object at Lochte. Maybe they wanted to give him a hug? We'll never know.

Host Tom Bergeron threw the show to commercial and the protesters were never shown on-screen.

"I'm doing good," Lochte said upon return from commercial break. "So many feelings are going through my head right now. A little hurt. I came out here and I wanted to do something I was completely uncomfortable with, and I did."

Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke were "too shaken" to speak with the press, according to their publicist.

“Ryan was backstage and close to tears,” Jana Kramer, a country music artist and dance contestant, told People. “Everyone makes mistakes and I really hope America gets to see the guy we are all getting to know, which is a really, really nice guy.”

Watch video of the incident below.
Advertisement

More from News

Verizon says the number will be retired for a full year instead of the usual 50 days
Nate Parker's 60 Minutes interview airs on Sunday, and the Birth of a Nation filmmaker said he doesn't feel guilty about the rape allegation that has ...
A man who once crawled under America Ferrera's skirt is now claiming that he's fighting for female body diversity. Really
You could spend all day critiquing the media for the lack of compelling content created by and starring women. But why not put the kind of female-centric...
Frances Bean Cobain has been ordered to dish out a pretty daunting sum of cash to estranged husband Isaiah Silva over the next four months. The 24-year-...
Update: E! News reports that Kim Kardashian has filed a complaint with French authorities against Vitalii Sediuk. The celebrity "prankster" tried to ...
One of Laguna Beach's original cast members gave birth to a baby girl in Newport Beach, CA, on Saturday. Morgan Smith, who starred on the first and second ...
No, She didn't sing, "The Stars Are Blind
Chrissy Teigen confirms that her life is just too too cute
The actor will not be attending a screening of the film Voyage of Time this evening. Though he narrates the documentary film, Pitt says he will not be ...
Two weeks ago, Nick Gordon was found responsible for the 2015 death of one-time girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her ...
Just when we thought we couldn't handle any more Hollywood romances ending, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber broke up. "Over the past few months we've ...
Viola Davis wants people to rethink what it means to be a survivor of sexual assault. In a speech benefitting the Rape Foundation, the How to Get Away ...
We've been waiting for this news ever since President Obama announced that the White House would host South by South Lawn. The official lineup is here, ...