Protesters Rush Stage During Lochte's DWTS Debut

Swimmer says he is 'a little hurt'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2016 1:19 AM CDT
Updated Sep 13, 2016 5:21 AM CDT
2 Men Rush Stage During Lochte's DWTS Debut
In this photo provided by ABC, Cheryl Burke, left, and Ryan Lochte, center, appear on "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday on ABC.   (Eric McCandless)

Ryan Lochte says he feels "a little hurt" after two men were arrested for allegedly rushing the stage following his performance on Dancing With the Stars. The two men, wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts, were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez says. They reportedly rushed the stage while Lochte was getting his scores from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for his debut performance during Monday night's live installment of the celebrity ballroom dance competition, the AP reports. "Hey, back off," Inaba said as the altercation was occurring off-screen. When the show returned, host Tom Bergeron explained they were interrupted by "a little incident."

TMZ, which has a photo of the two men, reports that they were among a group who booed and ripped open their shirts to reveal "No Lochte" symbols when the swimmer finished his foxtrot with Cheryl Burke. The two men were detained by security until police arrived to take them into custody, Lopez says. No one was injured or listed as a victim in the incident. Lochte told Bergeron that "so many feelings are going through my head right now." He added that he was "a little hurt, but I came out here. I wanted to do something I'm completely not comfortable with, and I did." Burke and Lochte received a combined score from the judges of 24 out of 40. (Lochte was hit with a 10-month suspension for his behavior in Rio.)

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