A guy who likes to climb big buildings for internet glory — and, he says, anti-abortion advocacy — was just arrested in Las Vegas for scaling The Sphere.
Remember when that guy free-climbed up Salesforce Tower? That was in May 2022, and he's still at these shenanigans, which he claims are to raise money for "women in crisis pregnancies."
His name is Maison DesChamps, he calls himself "Pro-Life Spiderman," and today he was arrested in Las Vegas after he climbed The Sphere with an "Abortion Is Murder" banner, and a friend livestreamed it and posted a clip to Instagram.
KLAS reported that the call about a person scaling The Sphere came into Las Vegas PD around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
"We are responding to reports of an individual scaling a building near the 200 block of Sands Avenue. Please avoid the area due to emergency vehicles responding," the department said at the time.
After DesChamps and his accomplices were arrested, a spokesperson for The Sphere told the station, "We are grateful to the local authorities for their support in this matter. The individuals involved are currently in the custody of LVMPD."
JUST IN: The man who climbed 'The Sphere' in Las Vegas is Maison DesChamps, who is a pro-life activist.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 7, 2024
DesChamps filmed himself at the top of the 366 foot tall structure and said he was raising money for a homeless pregnant woman.
He was reportedly able to get down through… pic.twitter.com/6iYMZ7elSR
DesChamps's latest stunt appeared to be timed to Super Bowl week, and his Instagram story this morning tagged the NFL. He sent out a press release this morning as well, saying, "While half a million football fans arrive in Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII, DesChamps wants to shake the public into caring about the fate of unborn children in our country."
Since climbing Salesforce Tower in May 2022, Des Champs has gone on to scale the Accenture tower in Chicago, The New York Times building in Manhattan, and the Chase tower in Phoenix. He also previously scaled the Aria in Las Vegas in August 2021.
LVMPD Sheriff Kevin McMahill spoke at a press conference about Super Bowl safety, Wednesday morning saying, “We know that people are going to test us. We know people are going to try things... As we sit here today, there’s an individual – for a publicity stunt – climbing up to the top of the Sphere. Your first responders are all over there, taking care of it. We know these things are going to happen, and we’re going to deal with them as they come up and make sure we have the safest Super Bowl we’ve ever had."