Free Billie Eilish: In Hollywood, a man who climbed the KTLA news tower on Tuesday was able to safely descend on his own after a prolonged confrontation. At approximately 6:32 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department received reports of the occurrence and dispatched crews to the scene.
On Tuesday, a man was observed perched approximately 30 feet up the KTLA news tower in Hollywood. He was seen straddling the KTLA marquee while clutching a sign which read “Free Billie Eilish.”
The man was labeled a “protestor” by authorities, but the motive behind his protest remains unclear. The sign he was holding had another message on the back which read, “MK ultra sex slaves Donald Marshall clones.”
During the incident, the man played an electric guitar and appeared uncooperative when officials tried to remove him safely. The Los Angeles Fire Department had placed an inflatable airbag below the tower, and power to the tower and electronic marquee was shut off to ensure safety.
Crowds gathered across the street to watch the events unfold as LAPD’s crisis negotiation team tried to communicate with the climber. However, after some time, they backed off, and a ladder was propped against the tower. The climber remained on the tower for over three hours and at one point told officers he would come down in 20 minutes.
Eventually, the protestor was seen climbing down the ladder on his own at approximately 9:30 p.m. The authorities were waiting at the bottom, and the climber was arrested without any further incident. He now faces charges of trespassing, according to LAPD.