Jeb Corliss, the television stunt jumper who attempted to leap from the Empire State Building, has been barred by the courts from ever setting foot in the popular landmark again.
Corliss has been permanently prohibited from entering the skyscraper as part of a ruling last week in a lawsuit that was filed by the corporation that owns the structure. The court also threw out Corliss’ contention that the building’s owners “defamed and otherwise harmed” him with their response to the incident, which took place back in April 2006.
Mark Jay Heller, Corliss’ attorney, says the ruling is “a hollow victory” for the skyscraper’s keepers, pointing out that his client had already vowed to avoid the structure unless he was specifically invited to return.
The popular BASE jumper (“building, span, antenna, earth”) says he’s already performed over 1,000 successful jumps from structures around the globe. He currently lives in California.
While he was host of the show Stunt Junkies on the Discovery Channel, Corliss put on a fat suit, hid a parachute underneath, and climbed to 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building April 27, 2006. He took off the fat suit in a restroom, donned a helmet with built-in video camera and proceeded to climb a fence near the edge of the deck. A couple of the building’s security guards stopped him by grabbing onto him through the fence.
Corliss was convicted of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and thereby sentenced to 3 years’ probation and 100 hours of community service.
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