RIO DE JANEIRO — The lawyer for U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen says he will pay about $10,800 Friday and then leave Brazil following the robbery scandal involving the U.S. swim team.
Attorney Breno Melaragno says early Friday that, under an agreement reached with a Brazilian judge, Feigen will donate 35,000 Brazilian reals to an “institution” and depart.
Melaragno did not specify where the money will go, but the term “institution” can be taken to mean charity. The lawyer said under Brazilian law, a donation can be made to avoid criminal prosecution for minor offenses, but did not say what charge was being contemplated against Feigen.
Feigen’s teammates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger left Brazil on Thursday night after giving testimony to police.
Police say U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and the three others had not been held at gunpoint, as Lochte initially claimed. Instead, Brazilian police say the U.S. athletes were intoxicated, vandalized a bathroom, then were questioned by armed guards before they paid for the damage and left.