Controversial U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte was almost attacked on live television on Monday night’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC.
Lochte was the center of scandal this summer when he exaggerated the truth about being robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Brazil.
The televised moment happened when judge Carrie Ann Inaba was attempting to give Cheryl Burke and Lochte feedback on their first performance of the season:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 13, 2016
From inside the ballroom, E!’s Tierney Bricker described what happened on Twitter:
Scary moment at #DWTS: man stormed the floor wearing an anti-Lochte shirt before being tackled by security. Ryan says he’s “a little hurt”
— tierney bricker (@tbrick2) September 13, 2016
Some audience members also obtained video:
A video posted by Ed Moses (@eddiemoses) on
Upon returning from commercial break, Bergeron thanked the show’s security, briefly described the situation and asked Lochte how he felt.
— Erik Hall (@HallErik) September 13, 2016
“So many feelings are going through my head right now,” Lochte said. “A little hurt, but you know, I came out here. I wanted to do something I’m completely not comfortable with, and I did, and I came out here with a big smile and I have the best dance partner.”
The perpetrators, two men, were handcuffed shortly after the incident:
— Jason Nathanson (@ABCNewsJason) September 13, 2016