French ‘Spiderman’ arrested after scaling 57-story Sydney skyscraper with his bare handsBy AP
Sunday, August 29, 2010
‘Spiderman’ arrested for scaling Sydney skyscraper
SYDNEY — A French skyscraper climber nicknamed “Spiderman” was arrested Monday after scaling a 57-story building in Sydney with his bare hands.
Alain Robert, known for climbing some of the world’s tallest and best-known buildings without ropes or other equipment, was arrested at the top of the Lumiere building downtown.
He climbed the building in about 20 minutes, as dozens of people watched from below.
“I’m sad he’s been arrested, but hopefully he’ll get out soon and we can have some champagne,” said his agent, Max Markson.
He was charged with risking the safety of another by climbing a building and entering enclosed land, police said. He was released from custody and ordered to appear in court on Friday.
Many of his past climbs have resulted in arrests and fines. Last year, Robert was fined 750 Australian dollars ($676) for climbing the 41-story Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney.
The 48-year-old has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, according to his website.
Alain Robert: www.alainrobert.com/