RIO DE JANEIRO (NBC Olympics/AP) — A Brazilian court says that the passport of American swimmer James Feigen has been returned after he made a payment of approximately $10,800 for falsely reporting a crime.
A court statement late Friday said the fine had been paid and the passport returned, meaning that Feigen, a former Longhorn, is free to leave the country. A judge ordered the passport be seized earlier this week while police investigated what swimmer Ryan Lochte had said was an armed robbery.
Feigen’s other swimming teammates, Gunnar Bentz and current Longhorn Jack Conger, were whisked through airport security and onto a plane home Thursday night, their attorney insisted they had nothing to do with Lochte’s story. Lochte himself left the country earlier this week. A spokesperson for the Austin airport says Conger arrived back in Austin Friday afternoon.
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Bentz and Conger “were heard only as witnesses. This has to be made very, very clear,” lawyer Sergio Riera told The Associated Press. “They did not make any untruthful testimony. They did not lie in their statements.
On Friday morning, Ryan Lochte issued an apology on social media regarding the whole situation.
Police have said that the robbery story was fabricated. Police have said that Lochte, Feigen and two other swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom early Sunday after a night of partying and were confronted by armed guards.
Lochte’s attorney, Jeff Ostrow, has insisted the story wasn’t made up and told the New York Times the surveillance video corroborated the “primary elements” of Lochte’s version of events.
“There was a uniformed person with a gun who forced them to hand over their money,” Ostrow told the newspaper.