A lawsuit over a 2006 BASE jumping attempt at the Empire State
Building which was thwarted by local authorities is near
settlement, according to lawyers from both sides.
Jeb Corlis was sued by the owners of the building for an attempt
to BASE jump from the building. BASE is an acronym skydivers use
for "Building, Antenna, Span, Earth." Corlis, who lives in
California, has reportedly completed over 1,000 jumps from
structures and cliffs. He had made it to the 86th floor observation
deck of the Empire State building and outside the security fence
when he was stopped from jumping. Police reached through the fence
and prevented him from completing the stunt. He was eventually
convicted of reckless endangerment, and received a sentence of
three years probation and 100 hours of community service.
But he was also sued by the building's owners for $12 million,
who said he harmed business while the building was shut down. Now,
the Associated Press reports that his lawyers, Thomas Keltner and
David Tannenbaum, say that a settlement is eminent. Corliss had
said that he had suffered emotional distress over the way the
incident was handled. He had been employed as the host of "Stunt
Junkies" on the Discovery Channel until his arrest, when the
network severed it's relationship with him.
Details of the agreement have not been disclosed. Corliss still
contends that BASE jumping should be a right. He told a jury during
his trial that he doesn't think "there's anything wrong with what I