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September 27, 2016 07:20 PM

The two male protesters that stormed the stage after Ryan Lochte‘s performance on the season 23 premiere of Dancing with the Stars have been charged, PEOPLE confirms.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed criminal complaints on Monday against Sam Sotoodeh, 59, and 25-year-old Barzeen Soroudi who were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor: the first for leaving a spectator area and entering upon a stage, and the second for interfering with a performance.

Both men could each face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to the L.A. City Attorney’s Office. Their arraignment is set for Oct. 4.

On Sept. 12, the two men stepped onto the stage from the audience after the Olympian’s foxtrot with pro dancer Cheryl Burke. During the taping, as Sotoodeh turned towards the camera to speak, he was pushed into Lochte, Burke and host Tom Bergeron when security tackled him. Both men, who wore white T-shirts with a red circle and line over Lochte’s last name, were escorted off stage and arrested.


According to the Associated Press, Sotoodeh told ABC News their mission was to “get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and, under Brazilian law, a criminal.”

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A week after the live protest, Lochte revealed to PEOPLE, “Last week I wanted to quit the show. I was like, ‘The Dancing with the Stars show doesn’t deserve this.’ I was really down on myself. But DWTS came together as a family and they really supported me and gave me that positive influence that kept me going back to rehearsal and staying on the show. I really owe it all to them.”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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