Australian Diplomat Falls to His Death After Drunken ‘Trust Fall’ Game on Clinton Street Terrace
An Australian diplomat fell to his death from a seventh-floor Lower East Side building early yesterday morning while playing a “high-risk trust game,” police said.
“I will prove that you can trust me,” Julian Simpson, 30, told his friend James Waugh as he leaned over the ledge at Clinton Street, according to a report in the Daily News.
Waugh told police that he held out his arm to catch Simpson, but the diplomat lost his grip and tumbled over the ledge. This all transpired around 1:35 am yesterday morning, and police believe that alcohol played a role.
Simpson’s body was found on a second-story landing outside the building at 21 Clinton Street near East Houston. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It is a tragedy. Our hearts go out to his family,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in the immediate aftermath.
[via NY Daily News]