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Lochte was targeted during his appearance on Dancing with the Stars.

Protesters rush on stage after Ryan Lochte's performance on Dancing with the Stars

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Two men broke onto the stage in protest during Ryan Lochte's performance on Dancing with the Stars, ruining his debut on the American television show in its season premiere on Monday night.

Sam Sododeh and Barzeen Soroudi stormed the stage wearing white anti-Lochte t-shirts, and their stunt was caught on camera by members of the audience.

In the video that has been posted on ABC7 News' Twitter account, the two men can be seen running up to Lochte, before being taken down by security.

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It appeared that the men were making a non-violent protest, and had no intention of hurting the Olympic swimmer, but security was quick to react to the potential threat.

The men were arrested and charged with trespassing on Monday evening but have since been released after spending a night in jail.      

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Afterward, the men revealed their reasons for protesting against the 32-year-old. They claimed he was a poor representation of Americans, and that the controversy he was involved with in Brazil last month 'changed the climate' for fans of the United States at the Olympic Games. 

Lochte and a number of teammates made international headlines after claiming they were robbed during a night out in Rio before the swimmer admitted he had overexaggerated the story just days later.

Explaining their actions on Monday night, Soroudi told American news website TMZ: "We didn't agree, obviously, with Walt Disney Company choosing Lochte to represent Americans. 

"Yes, he did receive gold medals but what he did in Rio did not represent Americans well."

He also said that the controversy caused a change in climate in Brazil, especially for American fans. 

"All of a sudden, Americans became targets in Rio, Brazilians obviously felt insulted, it became very difficult for Americans there."

For Lochte, more reaction to his actions in Brazil would have been the last thing he wanted, but it's clear some are still feeling disappointed with his actions, and the way he represented his country in Rio.

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