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'Spiderman' denies climbing charge

A French skyscraper climber nicknamed Spiderman has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to his bare-handed climb up a 57-storey building in Sydney, Australia.

Alain Robert, known for climbing some of the world's tallest and best-known buildings without ropes or other equipment, was arrested on Monday at the top of the Lumiere building.

He was charged with risking the safety of another by climbing a building or structure and unlawful entry of an enclosed area. If convicted on both charges he could be jailed for up to three months and fined up to £973.

Outside Sydney District Court, Robert, 48, said he never meant to disrespect Australian law and denied his climb had put any lives at risk.

"I was not endangering people. There was no point for me to plead guilty," he said.

Many of his past climbs have resulted in him being arrested and fined. Last year he was fined for climbing the 41-storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney.

Robert has climbed at least 70 skyscrapers around the world, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, according to his website.

The hearing in Sydney was adjourned until October 15.


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