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Protesters who rushed at Ryan Lochte on 'DWTS' charged with misdemeanors

In this Sept. 12, 2016 photo released by ABC, host Tom Bergeron, from left, appears with Cheryl Burke and US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte during a broadcast of the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)

In this Sept. 12, 2016 photo released by ABC, host Tom Bergeron, from left, appears with Cheryl Burke and US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte during a broadcast of the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)  (© 2016 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Prosecutors have charged two protesters who rushed the stage of "Dancing with the Stars" in a protest against Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office says Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were charged Monday with interfering with a performance and leaving a spectator area and entering a stage, both misdemeanors.

The 59-year-old Sotoodeh and 25-year-old Soroudi were arrested Sept. 12 during a taping of the ABC ballroom dancing competition.

Satoodeh told ABC News they wanted to "get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and, under Brazilian law, a criminal."

Lochte and swimming teammates faced criticism after lying about a drunken encounter during the Rio Olympics.

Arraignment is set for Oct. 4. Each man could face 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

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