Jimmy Feigen is the last of the four swimmers at the scene of a Rio gas station dispute on Aug. 14 to release a statement addressing his involvement. "I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall," the 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist told NBC News in a statement late Tuesday night. "I realize I made a mistake by omitting these facts. I was trying to protect my teammates and for this I apologize."
By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil last week, Lochte was already back home in the United States. The other swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were pulled off a plane late Wednesday and questioned by police. They were later allowed to leave.
In his statement, Feigen confirmed that he was interviewed multiple times by police during their investigation into Lochte's claims. Brazilian prosecutors gave him two options: wait about a month as the investigation unfolded, or pay a fine. Prosecutors initially sought $31,500 to return Feigen's passport. But when his lawyers balked at that number, prosecutors raised the fine to $46,875. In the end, Feigen paid nearly $11,000 before he was allowed to leave Brazil. "I was able to contact my family in the United States along with my American attorneys and we were able to satisfy the payment of the fine the next day," the swimmer said. "My passport was returned to me after payment was received, and I was able to return home."
Feigen arrived in the U.S. Saturday.
His account of what happened after leaving a party at French House is similar to what his teammates said. "We pulled over to a gas station to use the bathroom but the door was locked. We did not force entry into the bathroom, nor did we ever enter the bathroom," Feigen said. "We did, however, make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building."