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Lochte Protesters Who Rushed 'Dancing With the Stars' Are Charged

Each man could face 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted

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    American swimmer Ryan Lochte (right) and dancer Cheryl Burke performed on "Dancing with the Stars," hosted by Tom Bergeron (left), on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Their discussion with judges was interrupted by protesters, who were charged with misdemeanors two weeks later.

    Prosecutors have charged two protesters who rushed the stage of "Dancing with the Stars" in a protest against Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

    The Los Angeles city attorney's office says Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were charged Monday with interfering with a performance and leaving a spectator area and entering a stage, both misdemeanors.

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    The 59-year-old Sotoodeh and 25-year-old Soroudi were arrested Sept. 12 during a taping of the ABC ballroom dancing competition.

    Satoodeh told ABC News they wanted to "get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and, under Brazilian law, a criminal."

    Lochte and swimming teammates faced criticism after lying about a drunken encounter during the Rio Olympics.

    Arraignment is set for Oct. 4. Each man could face 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

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