French stuntman climbs N.Y. Times building

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- A French stuntman known for climbing tall buildings has scaled the 52-story New York Times building clutching a green banner and was arrested on the roof.

Alain Robert, 46, who has earned the nickname "Spider-man" and is famous for scaling structures like the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, unveiled a banner reading, "Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week."


He wore a T-shirt with his name and the address of a Web site (, while climbing without a rope, harness or parachute, the Times reported Thursday.

"This is a green building, which is a fantastic step," Roberts reportedly said as he was arrested, continuing to talk about global warming and his belief the media would give more prominence to the issue if a man climbed a prominent building.

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