'Spiderman' arrested after 57-story climb

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SYDNEY, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A French man nicknamed "Spiderman" for his barehanded skyscraper climbing skills was arrested upon reaching the top of a 57-story Australian building.

Alain Robert, 48, who has scaled skyscrapers including New York's Empire State Building without ropes or other equipment, was arrested at the top of the Lumiere building in Sydney after climbing to the top in only 20 minutes, Sky News reported Monday.


"I'm sad he's been arrested, but hopefully he'll get out soon and we can have some champagne," said Max Markson, Robert's agent.

Several of Robert's previous climbs have resulted in fines or arrests, including a $670 fine last year for climbing Sydney's 41-story Royal Bank of Scotland building.

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