Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Virunga Park chief shot

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Algerian election: Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Algeria's media: a mixture of censorship and free speech

Read more

DEBATE

Algeria: What's the Choice? Incumbent Bouteflika Votes in Wheelchair

Read more

WEB NEWS

Nigerian web users call for end to violence

Read more

FOCUS

Bitcoin in the US: A monetary revolution?

Read more

ENCORE!

Fast cars and slow trains

Read more

WEB NEWS

Chile: online mobilization to help Valparaiso fire victims

Read more

FACE-OFF

François Hollande: France's most unpopular president

Read more

  • Russia and West agree on steps to ease Ukraine crisis

    Read more

  • Low turnout in Algerian election tipped to return Bouteflika

    Read more

  • Hundreds still trapped in sunken South Korea ferry

    Read more

  • Nobel-winning Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Read more

  • Deadly attack on civilians sheltering in UN base in South Sudan

    Read more

  • With a strong French presence, veterans and fresh faces, Cannes aims to please

    Read more

  • Eurostar train delay "chaos"

    Read more

  • Chelsea Clinton says she is pregnant

    Read more

  • French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali by Islamists

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • After cup defeat, Spanish pundits read last rites for Barcelona

    Read more

  • India heads to polls in single largest day of voting

    Read more

  • Ukraine talks open in Geneva as Putin talks tough on TV

    Read more

  • Pro-Russian separatists killed in attack on Black Sea base

    Read more

  • Man executed in Texas for 2002 triple murder

    Read more

  • Scandal-hit French doctor Jacques Servier dies at 92

    Read more

  • Belgian head of wildlife reserve shot in DR Congo

    Read more

  • Crunch talks on Ukraine begin in Geneva

    Read more

  • Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

    Read more

  • US rolls out red carpet for French critic of capitalism

    Read more

  • N. Korea not amused by London hair salon's Kim Jong-un ad

    Read more

  • Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona to lift Copa del Rey

    Read more

  • France's new PM targets welfare in drive to cut spending

    Read more

  • Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

    Read more

  • Brazil club Mineiro cancel Anelka signing after no-show

    Read more

Asia-pacific

French “Spiderman” arrested in Sydney after scaling tower

©

Text by Eric Olander

Latest update : 2010-08-30

Famed stuntman Alain Robert climbed his way up another giant skyscraper on Monday. But unlike the fictional Spiderman who expertly evades the police, law enforcement was waiting for Robert at the top and took him in to custody.

It took only 25 minutes for French stuntman Alain Robert to scale the 150 metre Lumiere apartment building in Sydney’s central business district.  Dozens of onlookers watched from below as Robert, nicknamed “Spiderman,” made his way up the side of the tower without ropes or a harness.

Along the way up, Robert, 48, paused briefly to unfurl a banner promoting the environmental website onehundredmonths.org that alleges that humans have just 76 months before greenhouse gas concentrations reach irreversibly high levels in the Earth’s atomosphere.
 
In contrast to his alter-ego, the fictional Spiderman, who manages to gingerly evade the police, Robert had to deal with Sydney law enforcement when he reached the top of his climb. He was taken into custody and briefly detained before being granted bail on Monday. He was charged with trespassing and public endangerment. Robert is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing on Friday.
His successful climb of the Lumiere building is just the latest accomplishment for Robert, who has also scaled the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers and the New York Times building in Manhattan.

Date created : 2010-08-30

Comments

COMMENT(S)