Lochte's segment on DWTS interrupted by protesters
Lochte said he was "heartbroken" by the incident
Protesters rushed the stage after swimmer Ryan Lochte’s first performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” interrupting the live show Monday evening. The incident occurred as Lochte was receiving one of the judge’s critique of his dance routine.
“Two individuals stormed the dance floor tonight and were immediately subdued and escorted out of the building,” a spokesperson for the company that produces “Dancing with the Stars,” BBC Worldwide Productions, told CNN.
ABC News reported that two men got on the ballroom dance floor and at least four other people yelled anti-Lochte chants. CNN has confirmed that the two men were Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh. “They were arrested on trespassing, this was a private person’s arrest as the security at the venue made the arrest,” a spokesperson for the LAPD told CNN. “We just accepted [them] and booked them.”
Lochte joined Season 23 of “Dancing With The Stars” after a spate of negative publicity he received for admitting he “over-exaggerated” claims that he and fellow swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
Although the show was live, the actual incident was not shown on camera by ABC.
At least one audience member was able to record the moment security guards tackled Soroudi and Sotoodeh and posted video to social media.
Throughout the brief incident, the camera stayed focused on judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who yelled “Excuse me!” multiple times as clamor rose in the