Ryan Lochte, disgraced six-time gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, will attend Wizard World Richmond as a featured guest. Aside from his impressive record as an Olympic swimmer, Lochte is known for his cameos on “30 Rock,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and as a reality star on the E! network television show “What Would Lochte Do?” Lately, the swimmer has been embroiled in an international scandal.
On August 14, 2016 Lochte claimed he and three other teammates had been robbed at gunpoint when a group of men posing as police stopped their taxi and demanded money and personal belongings. Later reports revealed a very different picture, in which Lochte and his teammates were confronted by security guards at a gas station after vandalizing the establishment.
Lochte was ordered to pay $11,000 to a Brazilian charity and has issued numerous apologies to the people of Rio de Janeiro, the police involved, the Olympic committee and the gas station owner.
“I just want to say I am truly, 110% sorry,” said Lochte in an interview with the Brazilian news outlet Globo.
Despite the controversy, Lochte will attend Wizard World Richmond as a featured guest alongside the likes of William Shatner, “Star Trek” actor; Matt Smith, former “Doctor Who” lead; Dean Ambrose, WWE wrestler; and Jewel Staite, “Firefly” actress. Attendees can purchase photo ops and autographs on top of the convention admission price. A photo with Ryan Lochte costs $50, but an autograph is free.
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