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Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on ABC Monday night, and all eyes were set to be on Ryan Lochte, whose debut on the show came just a month after the scandal surrounding his story of an alleged robbery at gunpoint during the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Well, Ryan certainly certainly stole the show, not for his suave foxtrot with his professional partner Cheryl Burke, but because two men rushed the stage during the live show in protest of his appearance on DWTS this season.
During the critique of their performance, it seemed as though there was some sort of disturbance onstage as judge Carrie Ann Inaba told someone to "back off." Host Tom Bergeron then abruptly cut to commercial as the camera panned back on a visibly shaken up Ryan and Cheryl.
Good Morning America had the exclusive footage of what we didn't see during DWTS, which showed two men coming onto the stage and shouting before one of them was tackled by a security guard. They stumbled into Ryan and Cheryl before hitting the ground.
The men, who wore white anti-Lochte t-shirts, were shouting "Liar! Liar!" at the Olympian, according to GMA. There were also four women wearing the same shirts who shouted in protest from the audience but were also asked to leave by DWTS dancer Derek Hough.
The men, identified as Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh, according to GMA, said they were protesting Ryan because of the incident in Rio, which they thought endangered Americans. They were charged with misdemeanor trespassing, the LAPD confirmed to ABC News.
Ryan spoke to CNN following the incident saying, "At that moment, I was really heartbroken. My heart just sunk, and it felt like someone just ripped it apart. But I had to brush it off. I gave it my all, and I'm glad I did it, and I'm glad that I'm here."
Earlier this month, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced disciplinary measures following Ryan's behavior in Rio, which included a 10-month suspension from domestic and international USA Swimming national team competitions, as well as no monthly stipend and forfeiture of the funding for his gold medal at this summer's Olympic Games from the USOC and USA Swimming.
We'll have to wait and see how the drama during the DWTS premiere affects Ryan's chances of advancing in the competition.
Until then, get to know all about the health craze Ryan's fellow Olympians swear by, below.
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