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Sean Arrives At Consulate/Madness Ensues

It was a frenzied scene at the American Consulate in Rio de Janeiro minutes ago as Sean Goldman arrived with his family and lawyer.

At about 8:00 a.m. local time (5 a.m. EST) U.S. embassy spokeswoman Orna Blum came out of the consulate and spoke in Portuguese to reporters. "I want to confirm that the family has complete access to the building," she said. "Here in the consulate we are facilitating access, discretion and calm for the family." It was vital, she said, for Sean to have privacy during these moments.

It was a preemptive strike, because Blum knew what was coming: a total media frenzy when the family appeared walking down the sidewalk a block away: Sean, his grandmother, his uncle (the brother of his dead mother), his stepfather, and his attorney.

"Open up space, let him through," various members of the family and Tostes shouted.  Sean walked in between his lawyer, Sergio Tostes, and his stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins da Silva.  His grandmother and uncle walked ahead.  Sean was essentially a mop of hair blond hair, shielded by his two relatives.

Cameramen jostled for position, and there were some nasty words and shoves exchanged. It was, bluntly, a horrible sight, exactly as designed by the Brazilian family.