Ryan Lochte's 'Dancing With the Stars' Protesters Charged, Could Face 6 Months in Jail

by Desiree Murphy 12:06 PM PDT, September 27, 2016
Playing Ryan Lochte's 'Dancing With the Stars' Protesters Charged, Could Face 6 Months in Jail

The two protesters who stormed the stage following Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke's performance during week one of Dancing With the Stars have officially been charged, ET has learned.

The City Attorney's Office filed criminal complaints on Monday against Sam Sotoodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroudi, 25, who were wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts and did not have tickets to the ABC taping when they were booked for trespassing. Both men could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Their arraignment is scheduled for next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Sources close to production told ET that security at DWTS is still tight following the incident that occurred earlier this month.

"Security guards stand in the ballroom in the back of the audience, walking down the aisles and circling the dance floor during the commercial breaks," a source inside the ballroom confirmed.

ET caught up with dance pro Lindsay Arnold one day after the incident, who also confirmed there's been extra security on set.

"They actually placed security guards in all the aisleways, just to make sure nobody was trying to get up and move during the show or leave or come onto the stage," she explained. "I'm so glad that they took more security measures, but I have always felt safe at Dancing With the Stars. I know that no matter what, we would have someone there to protect us and have our backs."

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According to another production source, the other Lochte protesters in the audience obtained their tickets through On Camera Audiences, a website that provides free tickets to fans through a lottery-based system. One of the women involved in the protest even attempted to get a ticket for the following week, the source added, but was denied when her name was spotted.

The source further explained that the protester obtained her ticket for week one with her married name, and then attempted to get a ticket for week two using her maiden name.

Moments after the week one live show ended, ET's Nichelle Turner caught up with Lochte backstage, who was still in shock over what had happened onstage.

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"Slowly, slowly been able to breathe," the 32-year-old swimmer, who is currently serving a 10-month suspension from USA Swimming following his Rio scandal, revealed. "Honestly, it felt like someone just reached inside, took my heart out and tore it to shreds."

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