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Ryan Lochte is setting the record straight.
Two days after it was revealed that the U.S. Olympic swimmer lied to officials about an alleged robbery that took place Sunday in Rio, Lochte will sit down with Today‘s Matt Lauer for his first interview since he was indicted for misleading local authorities.
Portions of the interview will air on Saturday’s edition of NBC Nightly News, during NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage and on Monday’s installment of Today.
Today executive producer Don Nash broke news of the interview Saturday morning on Twitter.
— Don Nash (@Studio1ADon) August 20, 2016
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 20, 2016
Lochte famously gave his first interview following the alleged robbery to one of Lauer’s colleagues, new Today addition Billy Bush, early Sunday, just hours after he and three other swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint. Lochte also spoke to Lauer on the phone later in the week.
Despite the swimmers’ claims, officials had trouble confirming their accounts. Lochte was indicted on Thursday, at the same time that two of the other swimmers involved were detained in Brazil. It then was revealed that the four were not robbed, but instead vandalized a gas-station bathroom and got into a confrontation with a security guard that ended with them paying an undisclosed sum for the damage they caused. Video has since surfaced of the gas-station incident.
The fourth swimmer involved made a deal with a Brazilian judge to make a $10,800 payment and was allowed to leave the country later Friday, according to his lawyer.
Lochte, who already had left Brazil by the time he was indicted, since has hired public-relations expert Matthew Hiltzik. The swimmer also apologized for his “behavior” and for “not being more careful and candid” in how he characterized what happened in a lengthy statement posted on his Instagram account on Friday.
See a clip of the interview below.
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