Five people were charged last week after an overhead camera fell 65 feet during the Rio Olympics on August 15, injuring seven people.
The company responsible for the camera, Olympic Broadcasting Service, insisted a third party cut the cables, USA Today reports.
Of the five people charged, three worked for an OBS contractor, one worked with OBS directly and another worked with the local Olympic organizing committee. All faced charges of "bodily injury."
The camera was originally held up by three cables, but one snapped. OBS said in a statement each cable could have held "several times the weight of the camera" and could not have snapped on their own without tampering.
Considering the height at which it was installed ... the fall could have killed one of the victims, which fortunately did not happen.
OBS said the cables could have been cut by a highly abrasive line coated with powdered glass, which is used in Brazil to fly so-called fighter kites often deployed by rival gangs. OBS said the presence of such a kite on the day of the incident was confirmed by a security guard.
One writer called OBS's explanation "bizarre."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.