‘THEY HAD FLAMETHROWERS’: RYAN LOCHTE OPENS UP ABOUT DANCING WITH THE STARS PROTEST

HOLLYWOOD – Ryan Lochte has given his version of events after Dancing in the Stars – on which he was guesting – was disrupted by protesters.

Olympic swimmer and Richard Nixon Veracity Award winner Ryan Lochte today spoke about the pain and confusion that followed the protest which took place on Dancing with the Stars:

It was unbelievable. We’d done our routine and I thought we’d done really well. I was listening to the judges give me their feedback and obviously I was a bit nervous.  Tom Bergeron was standing by me when I heard the sound of a helicopter. I guess the protestors must have used it to get on the roof of the studio and then they roped in from above. They were both firing flamethrowers and I was really concerned someone was going to get hurt.

Wow! What did you do?

My first thought was to protect other people. So I threw myself in front of the security. My thinking was, why should the security guys get hurt because of me? So when I saw the grenade on the floor, I didn’t think twice I threw myself on it and tensed my abdomen against the blast. The grenade might have killed a normal man but my abs are really hard. Then I used my nunchuks and martial arts skill to disarm the men. I repeated my mantra as I was doing it to help me keep focused and even when they sprayed the audience with machine gun fire I did my best to restrain the men without harming them.

Dancing with the Stars features Kim Jong-il and Amanda Knox next week.

AMANDA KNOX TO STAR IN THE JINX 2

HOLLYWOOD – Andrew Jarecki is rumored to be following up his HBO documentary The Jinx with The Jinx 2, taking Amanda Knox as its subject.

The American student was accused of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007. Along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, she was tried, found guilty, then freed on appeal, tried again, guilty, then to tell you the truth we lost track. There were a bunch of other trials, investigations, appeals and stuff but finally the highest court in Italy decided that further investigation would be fruitless and cancelled the convictions. Patrick Lumumba was imprisoned, after he was implicated by Knox. He was later found to be innocent when it was proven Knox had lied about his involvement.

The trial has already been the inspiration for several books and films, including Face of an Angel by Michael Winterbottom, but the new HBO documentary – if it takes place – will hopefully throw light on a case that the Italian justice system has singularly failed to resolve. Jarecki and his team will be hoping that their patented Hot Mic technology will reveal once and for all the truth behind what remains a mysterious case. Rudi Guede – an immigrant from the Ivory Coast – is the only person successfully convicted for the crime and remains in jail.

The Jinx 2 will be broadcast in 2016.