In several videos from different angles, protesters Sam Sododeh, 48, and Brazeen Soroudi, 40, can be seen storming the ballroom floor wearing anti-Lochte shirts. They’re heard screaming “You’re a liar” before security quickly tackles down.
Both men – each from Los Angeles – were arrested and booked for the misdemeanor of trespassing, the LAPD confirmed to ABC News.
Four women who were yelling anti-Lochte chants during the show’s commercial break were also escorted from the audience. Pro Derek Hough can be seen yelling at the protesters to “get out of here” in another video released Tuesday.
“This is a good show – a positive show,” he said in the clip.
“This is my home and I was just so shocked that people would come here and be so negative,” the 31-year-old dancer exclusively told PEOPLE on Monday. “This is a safe place for people to learn a new skill and seek redemption or start a new chapter in their life and that’s what Ryan is trying to do and I just felt so defensive that someone would try and ruin that for him and for everyone watching, so I took it upon myself to make sure they were escorted out. I wanted to protect my home.”
Bergeron said the incident happened so fast, he barely had time to react.
“It’s not uncommon for there to be a lot of noise here – a lot of cheering, a lot of jeering when people don’t like the judge’s comments,” he explained to GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos. “It wasn’t really until I saw Carrie Ann [Inaba]‘s expression change that I got the sense something more was going on.”
He continued: “By the time I saw the two guys coming with their T-shirts, our security team had them second floor. So it all happened very quickly. I think our security did a great job of not assuming that just because these people wanted to be vocally protesting that they might not get physical as well.”
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The 61-year-old said he then turned his focus to Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke – throwing to commercial to “try and get some control of the show” and “take a deep breath.”
According to Bergeron, the protesters had worn their anti-Lochte shirts under their clothes, and had gone through security before entering the ballroom. That check included a bag check and metal detectors.
“They were just part of our typical audience, and they went through a screening process like anybody else. And I think they had dressed appropriately for the show and then tore those away to reveal their T-shirts,” he confessed.
Los Angeles police also confirmed to ABC News that Sododeh, Soroudi and the four female protesters had valid tickets to the show and wore the anti-Lochte shirts under their clothing.
As for anyone who thought the incident might have been a stunt put on by the ABC dancing competition, Bergeron was quick to deny that.
“There are always skeptics about everything,” he said. “It wasn’t a bit. It was really unnerving and again I applaud our security team for making it very short.”
Inaba also spoke out about the action – and praised the dancing competition’s security team.
In an Instagram post on Monday night, the 48-year-old DWTS judge wrote, “We had a bit of a scary moment during tonight’s live taping of Dancing with the Stars. But thanks to our security team and incredible staff, no one got hurt.”
“Only positive energy here tonight and always,” she added.