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Rio Olympics US swimmer Jimmy Feigen 'settles robbery brouhaha

US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to pay nearly the sum of$11,000 to a Brazilian charity over his involvement in a row about an armed robbery.

Jimmy was one of four gold medallists who made the headlines after teammate Ryan Lochte claimed that the group had been robbed at a Rio petrol station under gunpoint.

Meanwhile, CCTV footage contradicted their story, showing the swimmers had vandalised and damaged the petrol station after they partied.

The United States Olympic Committee has however, appologised to Brazil.

"The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members," a USOC statement said

Nevertheless, Jimmy Feigen’s lawyer Breno Melaragno, said: "After a long deliberation, this agreement was reached… he will donate 35,000 reais ($10,800) to an institute, and with that the case is resolved.

"After this donation is done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home."

Although Mr Melaragno did not mention the charity, or institute that would receive the donation.

After the four Olympic gold medallists reportedly vandalized the petrol station, one of them, Mr Ryan Lochte left Brazil on Tuesday while Mr Jimmy Feigen stayed behind and was detained.

Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger who were the two other members of the group, were taken off a flight in Rio on Thursday night and questioned by the police.

They however denied any involvement in the false robbery claim and were allowed to leave for the US on a different flight.

The weird story started when Mr Lochte revealed to a reporter that the four men were robbed at gunpoint by thieves whom disguised themselves as police officers.

But when police began to investigate, the evidence appeared to tell different stories. Rio's civilian police chief Fernando Veloso has now ruled out the chances that the crime actually happened.

"No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed," Mr Veloso said.

Mr Veloso told reporters that one or more of the athletes had instead vandalised a toilet in a petrol station and then offered to pay for the damage.

The Americans paid and left after the intervention of armed security guards, he said.

‘One guard had justifiably drawn his gun after one of the swimmers began behaving erratically’, Mr Veloso added.

Mr Veloso warned that the swimmers, , could "in theory" face charges of giving false testimony and vandalism because they had repeatedly changed their accounts of what happened

Although on Thursday, the men's lawyer Sergio Riera said Mr Bentz and Mr Conger were allowed to leave the country by a special Olympic court.

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