Lovable lunkhead Ryan Lochte has been cleared of charges stemming from his infamous fibs about a drunken run-in at a Brazilian gas station that ballooned into an global incident during last summer's Rio Olympics.
Ryan Lochte was cleared of criminal charges after an appellate court in Brazil determined that he did not break the law.
"We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime", Jeff Ostrow, a Florida-based attorney for Lochte, told USA Today.
The incident began when Lochte, 32, and three US swimming teammates, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, were returning from a party celebrating the end of the swimming competition at the Rio Games. Lochte's lawyers have been pressing for a dismissal of the case, but a lower court had ruled 2-1 to uphold the charge.
The court has not yet published the decision and prosecutors have 15 days to challenge the ruling, according to the USA Today report.
Police investigated the matter and said the altercation was actually the swimmers' fault because they drunkenly vandalized a bathroom.
"It's been a long suspension but it's over", he tweeted on July 1.
Lochte subsequently admitted that he "definitely had too much to drink" the night of the incident, adding that he was still intoxicated when he exaggerated the story on NBC the next morning.
The story was revealed to have been fabricated in the sense that the athletes weren't robbed, instead being forced, at gunpoint, to pay for items that they took from the gas station.
A Rio de Janeiro appeals court on Friday threw out that case after determining that Lochte's robbery claim, made in a TV interview, did not rise to the level of filing a false crime report.
The same investigation found no evidence of damage other than a poster that Lochte tore from a wall.