Update, 5:51pm ET: This purports to be a video produced by the man who climbed Trump Tower in Manhattan earlier today. The stunt drew immediate response from passers-by, and from NYPD and NYFD and EMS crews.
"I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter," the long-haired young man says. "I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request.
"Believe me, if my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it," he says, as if reading a script. The uploader who posted this video on YouTube is named "Leven Thumps," which appears to be a reference to a series of children's fantasy novels.
"The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention," the man says. "If I had sought this via conventional means, I would be much less likely to have success, because you are a busy man with many responsibilities."
A man is currently scaling Trump Tower in Midtown.
The witness sent NY1 the photo seen above of the man climbing Trump Tower.
Twitter user Jason Chu also posted Twitter video of the climber, below.
— Jason Chu (@JasonC1219) August 10, 2016
— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) August 10, 2016
— NY1 News (@NY1) August 10, 2016