Bridge climber pleads not guilty
Last updated May 24 2005 06:33 PM EDT
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MONTREAL A small group of divorced fathers says it will continue to perform bizarre stunts to bring attention to child custody laws.

 

Traffic was stalled for hours

Traffic was stalled for hours

Fathers 4 Justice (F4J) says judges discriminate against men in custody cases.

 

On Monday morning, F4J's main spokesperson, Benoit Leroux, climbed the Jacques Cartier Bridge dressed up as Batman's sidekick, Robin.

 

The bridge was closed for two hours as firefighters coaxed Leroux down.

 

Leroux, 47, was released on bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to charges of mischief and conspiracy.

 

He does not believe he committed a criminal act, and considers himself an activist, said Marc Bilodeau, Leroux's lawyer.

 

'I'm going to do it again for sure. I don't care if I get put in jail': Bonnet

'I'm going to do it again for sure. I don't care if I get put in jail': Bonnet

F4J is a group of about 40 men seeking more legal rights for divorced fathers.

 

Many of Leroux's supporters were in court.

 

Daniel Bonnet was not charged after he climbed the cross on Mount Royal Saturday dressed as Spiderman. He has given up trying to get custody of his own daughter, but he said he supports other fathers.

 

Bonnet said he believes dressing up like a superhero and climbing structures is a good way for the group to get attention.

 

"We've tried other routes. Nobody wants to listen to it. Sensationalism gets the media. Oh yeah, I'm going to do it again for sure. I don't care if I get put in jail," Bonnet said Tuesday.

 

 

Leroux will be back in court in July.

 

His group is urging other fathers' rights groups across the country to perform similar stunts.

 

 

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