French climber Alain Robert appears in court

Today while doing news photography I was covering the French climber Alain Robert’s appearance at the Downing Centre courts in Sydney. Robert who calls himself “the real Spiderman”, yesterday climbed the 41 storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney’s central business district without any ropes or assistance. He faced a charge of risking the safety of another, and was fined $750 by the magistrate. Robert has climbed over 80 structures around the world and was last in the headlines in Australia when he climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2003.
What I found most impressive about Robert, aside from his incredible climbing ability, was the outfit which he wore to his court appearance. He turned up in a bright red leather jacket and black leather trousers which both had “Mellencamp” emblazoned on them! I’m assuming that’s John Cougar? He looked more like a rock star about to go onstage. Priceless!
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