Two Los Angeles men were arrested on Monday night after they emerged from the Dancing With the Stars audience to rush the stage toward celebrity competitor/disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.
According to KABC-7, Sam Sododeh and Barzeen Soroudi were both booked on trespassing charges after they charged the stage only to be intercepted by security. A handful of other “anti-Lochte” protesters were escorted out of the studio. Lochte of course was a perpetrator of controversy during the summer Olympics games in Rio when he delivered a questionable account of being robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station.
During Monday night’s Season 23 premiere telecast, viewers only saw judge Carrie Ann Inaba repeatedly say, “Excuse me…” to the interlopers, while Lochte and pro partner Cheryl Burke appeared quite unnerved by what was transpiring out of frame. KABC-7 shared this unaired footage, from an alternate camera angle, of security tackling Sododeh and Soroudi, who reportedly had valid tickets to the taping and had covered their “anti-Lochte” T-shirts with jackets.
After the telecast, Inaba thanked security for handling the “scary” altercation, while Dancing pro Derek Hough lamented to People.com, “This is a safe place for people to learn a new skill and seek redemption or start a new chapter in their life, and that’s what Ryan is trying to do, and I just felt so defensive that someone would try and ruin that for him and for everyone watching.”