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US swimmer James Feigen apologises for omitting facts from police statement

Published 24/08/2016

James Feigen has apologised (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
James Feigen has apologised (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

US swimmer James Feigen has apologised for the "serious distraction" he and three teammates caused at a petrol station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

"I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall," Feigen said in a statement on Tuesday on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas.

He maintains the group did not force their way into a bathroom and a gun was pointed at them.

Feigen said the group left the French House party at around 5am in a taxi to travel back to the athletes' village.

"We pulled over to a gas station to use the bathroom but the door was locked," Feigen's statement read. "We did not force entry into the bathroom, nor did we ever enter the bathroom. We did, however, make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building."

Feigen said he paid the driver the taxi fare and "As I walked away, the man with the gun pointed it at me and my teammate and ordered us, in Portuguese, to sit".

Feigen said it "became apparent that the man with the gun was telling us to pay", and he and teammate Gunnar Bentz gave the man some money. They took another cab to the village and arrived at around 7am.

Feigen, who was pulled off an aeroplane last week by Brazilian police for more questioning, said he paid a fine of 10,800 US dollars (£8,150) for return of his passport so he could travel back to the US.

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