Manolo says, Sir Richard Branson grabs his thinking parts after the promotional stunt goes awry.

The 57-year-old had planned to plummet from the top of the Palms Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, in a harness to promote Virgin America, a new airline offering domestic flights in the US.

But as he took a running jump from the roof, where he was attached to a cable, the stunt backfired.

Instead of gliding smoothly to the ground, he had a rather more bumpy ride as he tried to pull airline tickets out of his pocket and scatter them among the onlookers on the ground.

But then the stunt turns into a bum deal when Branson crashes into the wall and his trousers split, forcing him to cover his modesty with his hand

Sir Richard smashed his bottom twice into the building and, as the colour drained from his face, clearly began to realise something was amiss – or rather, missing – from his person.

Clamping his hands to his seatless trousers, he landed and made a hasty exit.

Richard Branson's Butt, sort of

The Manolo sees London, the Manolo sees France…

12 Responses to “Dope-on-a-Rope”

  1. raincoaster October 12, 2007 at 5:08 am #

    I don’t see no underpants. Methinks Sir Richard was going commando!

  2. meep October 12, 2007 at 5:53 am #

    Naw, he has grey briefs on.

    I always hated those types of harnesses – I’d get a major wedgie when climbing because my belayer kept my rope too tight.

  3. Phyllis October 12, 2007 at 8:30 am #

    Where’s the video???!

  4. raincoaster October 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm #

    In Richard Branson’s case, I understand that doesn’t leave too many, actually. Someone give him my phone number, plzthx.

  5. raincoaster October 13, 2007 at 4:05 am #

    Here. Don’t say I never did nuthin’ for ya:
    The Video

  6. toad October 13, 2007 at 7:17 am #

    Now if they’d thrown laugerfield off the building first……

  7. Sue F. October 14, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    Well, at least he was wearing underwear. But you would think someone as rich as he is would have pants (or should I say trousers) that didn’t split a seam.