U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen to donate $11K to charity to leave Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — U.S. Olympic gold medal winner Jimmy Feigen, caught in a Rio de Janeiro scandal along with fellow swimmer Ryan Lochte, will donate nearly $11,000 to leave Brazil.

Feigen, Lochte, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger are accused of lying to Brazilian authorities about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up a drunken episode at a gas station. Brazilian police recommended charges being filed against Feigen and Lochte for false reporting of a crime and a judge ordered the seizure of the swimmers’ passports earlier this week.

Lochte left Brazil before authorities seized his passport but Feigen was held back. Feigen will have his passport returned as part of the donation agreement.

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“After a long deliberation, this agreement was reached … he will donate 35,000 real [approximately $10,800] to an institute, and with that the case is resolved,” Breno Melaragno, Feigen’s lawyer, told reporters early Friday. “After this donation is done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home.”

Bentz and Conger were removed from a flight on Wednesday but were allowed to leave Thursday night.

Police say the four swimmers took a taxi back to the Olympic Village after being at a party, but stopped at a gas station on the way and got into an altercation with a security officer there — over damage to a restroom door. The gas station owner said Lochte, who later acknowledged being intoxicated, also urinated on the outer wall before leaving.

Lochte later said he and his fellow swimmers had been robbed of their wallets at gunpoint.

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