Two thrill-seekers who enjoyed a moment of Internet fame this spring when they scaled the Golden Gate Bridge’s 746-foot north tower and then released footage of themselves performing death-defying stunts atop the iconic span are being sued by the bridge authority.The Golden Gate Bridge district’s lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court alleges that Peter “Teatime” Kurer, 18, and Thomas Rector, who is in his 20s, not only trespassed and created a safety nuisance but sought to enrich themselves by filming their escapade and sharing it on social media.Bridge officials said Friday that the men put “personal profit and gain” ahead of common sense and safety and that the district was compelled to act.“We take security very seriously at the Golden Gate Bridge and those who break the rules will face consequences,” said Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Deputy General Manager Steve Miller in an email to The Chronicle.The suit claims that the two intentionally dodged security cameras, allowing their actions to go undetected — at least until they posted footage weeks later.“Teatime and his associate Rector senselessly put the lives of themselves and others in serious jeopardy to exploit the San Francisco Bay Area’s most iconic landmark for their own publicity, expand their own Internet and social media presence and achieve fame and, relatedly, monetary profit,” the suit reads.The civil action, filed Aug. 2, alleges unjust enrichment, unfair business practices and unfair competition as well as trespass and public nuisance.The California Highway Patrol is pursuing a separate criminal investigation of the ascent.
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JUNE 30, 2014
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