"DWTS" Addressing Security Procedures After Lochte Protest


Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — The two Dancing with the Stars protesters who stormed the dance floor Monday when Ryan Lochte completed his first dance routine have led to changes with the show’s security.

A DWTS representative tells ABC News, “A full evaluation of security procedures” is taking place, and “any changes deemed necessary” will be made.

Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were released from the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Detention Center Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., with their bail set at $1,000 each. They are due back in court Oct. 4. They have not entered a plea.

During Monday’s show, the two interrupted the broadcast by going on the dance floor and screaming “liar” at the Olympic swimmer. They were arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lochte, his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, and host Tom Bergeron were not touched by the two men protesting Lochte’s involvement in an incident a few weeks ago in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics — though Burke tells People that Ryan, “did injure his ankle a little when the protester got tackled.”

Outside of the jail, the protesters told ABC News that their intention was never to hurt Lochte. They just believed what he did embarrassed Americans and wondered why the show chose him.

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