US swimmer to donate $11,000 to charity in Brazil amid robbery claims

Ryan Lochte and the US Olympic Committee have issued apologies

BY Sinéad Farrell 18:55 Friday 19 August 2016, 18:55 19 Aug 2016

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US Olympian Jimmy Feigen is expected to donate $11,000 to a Brazilian charity in order to settle a dispute over allegations that he and his team-mates fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games.

Brazilian authorities have accused Feigen and fellow US swimmer, Ryan Lochte, of inventing the story in order to conceal an act of vandalism at a petrol station following a night out in the city with teammates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger.

Bentz and Conger were later pulled from a US bound flight home by officials who suspected that the US swimming team falsified some details of the event.

Both US swimmer Ryan Lochte, and the US Olympic Committee (USOC), have since issued separate apologies in relation to the incident, confirming the police accusations. 

Feigen is the only member of the US swimming team who has yet to return to America. His attorney Breno Melaragno Cost, revealed Feigen's intention to make the charity donation, after meeting a judge and officials from the prosecuting ministry in Rio

The Olympian's passport will be returned to him and will now be allowed to leave the country, according to ABC News.

The USOC and USA Swimming say they intend to investigate the matter further and may take further action.

A full statement from the USOC describing the event stated that: "As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House (Casa Franca) early in the morning of 14 August in a taxi headed to the Olympic village.

"They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism. An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave."

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