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Protesters rushed the stage after swimmer Ryan Lochte's first performance on "Dancing with the Stars," interrupting the live show Monday evening. The incident occurred as Lochte was receiving one of the judge's critique of his dance routine.
"Two individuals stormed the dance floor tonight and were immediately subdued and escorted out of the building," a spokesperson for the company that produces "Dancing with the Stars," BBC Worldwide Productions, told CNN.
ABC News reported that two men got on the ballroom dance floor and at least four other people yelled anti-Lochte chants. CNN has confirmed that the two men were Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh. "They were arrested on trespassing, this was a private person's arrest as the security at the venue made the arrest," a spokesperson for the LAPD told CNN. "We just accepted [them] and booked them."
Lochte joined Season 23 of "Dancing With The Stars" after a spate of negative publicity he received for admitting he "over-exaggerated" claims that he and fellow swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
Although the show was live, the actual incident was not shown on camera by ABC.
At least one audience member was able to record the moment security guards tackled Soroudi and Sotoodeh and post videos to social media.
'I just want to move forward and put on my dancing shoes': Ryan Lochte admits he lied about being robbed in Rio as he officially joins new season of Dancing with the Stars
Ryan Lochte admitted again to lying about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, but says he's ready to move past the scandal by competing on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.
Brazilian authorities are seeking to charge the U.S. Olympic swimmer with filing a false police report, after he lied about being mugged on a night out in Rio with teammates during the games.
In an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday, Lochte wouldn't confirm whether he would return to Brazil to face the charges, saying his legal team is taking care of the issue while he focuses on his Foxtrot.
'I think everyone is blowing this way out of proportion. I did lie about that one part, and I take responsibility. I'm human. I made a very big mistake, and it's something that I learned from and I know that will never happen again,' he said.
Ryan Lochte appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning to announce his run on Dancing with the Stars
Lochte also answered questions about his Rio robbery scandal. In the interview he admitted to lying about having a fun pointed at his head and cocked
Part of that step forward is joining the new season of Dancing with the Stars, a rumor that Lochte confirmed to GMA ahead of the full cast's big reveal.
'Everybody's got to be sick and tired of hearing about this. I know I am. I just want to move forward and put on my dancing shoes - or at least try to!' Lochte said.
While he decided to joined DWTS before the scandal, it will no doubt help in rehabbing his image after he became the laughing stock of Rio.
In the wake of the incident, Lochte has been dropped by four sponsors including Ralph Lauren and Speedo - putting his public image at an all time low.
Lochte says these past two weeks 'have been the lowest point' in his life, but he says the support of his fans, family and friends 'have been very positive' in keeping him going.
'That's what I want to do with this show. I want to put this behind me,' he said. 'I'm never one to dwell on the past. I want the whole world to move forward.'
News of Lochte's alleged mugging broke after he and a few other swim team members went out for a night on the town in Rio.
Lochte (top left) and teammates Jimmy Feigan (top left), Gunnar Bentz (bottom left) and Jack Conger (bottom right) have been accused by Brazilian police of vandalizing a bathroom at a Rio gas station
The following morning, a report circulated - which was confirmed by Lochte's mother - that the gold-medal-winning Olympian and his teammates were stopped by a car in Rio and robbed at gunpoint.
Lochte confirmed the report in an interview later that morning with the Today show's Billy Bush, describing how he had a gun pointed at his head and cocked by a robber.
But when Brazilian authorities started investigating the alleged incident, they found several inconsistencies with the swimmers' stories.
In the end, police said it appeared the group of men actually vandalized a gas station bathroom and were threatened at gunpoint before giving the store's manager some money and leaving before cops arrived.
During his GMA interview, Lochte admitted that he lied about having a gun pointed at his head and cocked. But he said that the allegations that he wrecked the bathroom were false.
'USA Today and other people have been finding out and investigating it, and there was no damage to the bathroom. I never even entered the bathroom, so we couldn't go in there at all. The story about me vandalizing the bathroom is absurd - it never happened,' he said.
The one thing that he said he did vandalize at the gas station was a poster, which he ripped and paid for. However, he says he doesn't know if he would still describe what happened with the gas station manager threatening him with a gun as robbery.
'I don't know if I would consider it as a robbery or extortion or just paying up for the poster being ripped,' he said.
He also said he didn't want 'to make excuses' but he was still drunk when he was interviewed about the incident.
'I was still intoxicated. I was still going through the emotions of having a gun pulled on me. I mean, I'm just human. I made a mistake and that's something I'm going to have to live with,' he said.
Lochte says what hurt him the most is that his teammates became the subject of public ridicule too.
Soon after the incident, Lochte left Rio to return to the States, and he says he left as scheduled and wasn't trying to flee the country.
Lochte was the butt of the joke Sunday night at the Video Music Awards, with Jimmy Fallon dressing up as the swimmer
Michael Phelps was in the audience for the event and found Fallon's impression hilarious
But when two of his teammates were trying to leave the country later, they were pulled off a plane and interrogated by police. One of his other teammates, Jimmy Feigen, was only allowed to leave the country after paying a $10,000 fine.
Lochte says he has reached out to Feigen and offered to help pay the fine.
'I reached out to Jimmy saying, " know you have to pay that fine. It is my fault." I’m taking full responsibility for this and I will pay that back if he will let me,' Lochte said.
He added: 'I’ve reached out to everyone. I think that was the most important thing that I did because they mean so much to me. When I found out that they were pulled off the plane and everything that’s happened to them in the media, that hurt me because I wasn’t there. I wanted to be there and I wanted to help.'
This was the second major interview that Lochte has given since the scandal. His first interview was with the Today show's Matt Lauer.
Ryan Lochte is the second most decorated Olympic swimmer in U.S. history, behind his friend Michael Phelps. While Phelps has retired from swimming, 32-year-old Lochte says he will attempt to make it to the Tokyo Olympics in four years. Over the course of his career, Lochte has won six gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals at the Olympics.