‘DWTS’ host: Lochte protest was shock­ing

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“Danc­ing With the Stars” host Tom Berg­eron said every­one in the stu­dio was shocked when two men rushed the stage to protest swim­mer Ryan Lochte af­ter his per­for­mance on the ABC re­al­ity competition.

On ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” on Tues­day, Berg­eron de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “re­ally un­nerv­ing.”

The two men, wear­ing anti-Lochte T-shirts, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing, Los An­ge­les po­lice spokesman Lil­iana Pre­ci­ado said. They had rushed the stage while Lochte was get­ting his scores for his de­but per­for­mance dur­ing Mon­day’s live in­stall­ment of the celebrity dance competition.

“GMA” aired video, not shown dur­ing the live broad­cast, of one of the men be­ing tack­led on­stage by se­cu­rity. The video also showed at least four oth­ers in the au­di­ence wear­ing an­tiLochte shirts who were es­corted out.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the men on­stage as Sam Sa­toodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroudi, 25. The two were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mis­de­meanor tres­pass­ing and held on $1,000 bail each. A mes­sage at a num­ber for Sa­toodeh was not im­me­di­ately re­turned Tues­day. A num­ber for Soroudi could not be found. Pre­ci­ado said po­lice did not know what the pro­test­ers’ mo­ti­va­tions or in­ten­tions were.

Lochte and team­mates have faced crit­i­cism since they were in­volved in an early-morn­ing drunken en­counter at a gas sta­tion in Rio de Janeiro dur­ing the Olympics last month. Lochte


Tom Berg­eron, host of “Danc­ing With the Stars,” says two men rush­ing the stage Mon­day was “un­nerv­ing.”

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