A New Zealand Jiu-Jitsu athlete in Brazil for Olympics, Jason Lee has revealed he was kidnapped by armed men in military police uniforms and forced to withdraw cash from two separate ATMs.
The 27-year-old athlete posted on his Twitter account: 'What did you guys get up to yesterday? I got kidnapped. Go Olympics! #Rio2016' He also took to Facebook and said in a post which has since been deleted, that he was 'threatened with arrest' if he did not get into the private car with the men.
'I'm not sure what's more depressing, the fact this stuff is happening to foreigners so close to the Olympic Games or the fact that Brazilians have to live in a society that enables this absolute bullshit on a daily basis,' Lee wrote online.
'This place is well and truly f***ked in every sense of the word imaginable.'
Lee told stuff.co.nz that he was pulled over by police while driving along a highway into the city.
'These guys have pulled me over, they have weapons. I'm not in any position to negotiate,' Lee told the publication. I don't think I've ever felt like I could possibly die.'