Both men stated that they had no intention of physically harming Lochte, calling their action a "non-violent protest." Sotoodeh, who was tackled by security, criticized DWTSfor its handling of the situation.
"I don't understand why the people there did that. I wasn't even going towards Lochte, I was going in a different direction," he argued, claiming that the incident left him with bruises on his arms and back along with neck pain.
"I want the world to know, I want America to know, that we don't take what he did lightly," he continued. "He embarrassed Americans on the world's stage and this was our form of protesting."
Soroudi went on to say that he has no regrets about his protest, even though it meant spending a night in jail, adding that he "wouldn't mind going back."
The LAPD told ET that Sotoodeh and Soroudi did not have tickets to the show's taping. After their arrest, the men were booked for trespassing, and transported to Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, where they were held overnight. The protesters were released from police custody at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with a court date set for Oct. 4.