High wire: Cirque du Soleil founder held for 'growing cannabis'

Andrew Cummings
November 13, 2019

Guy Laliberte, a billionaire and founder of the famous acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, has been arrested for growing weed on his private island.

The Quebec businessman has owned his remote island estate in French Polynesia, which has 21 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms and can sleep up to 52 guests, since 2007.

The Canadian entrepreneur turned himself in to police and was due to appear before a judge later on Wednesday, prosecutors and reports said.

The organization says Laliberte is a medical cannabis user.

In a statement, Mr Laliberte's company Lune Rouge denied he was growing the plant on his private island of Nukutepipi for commercial gain.

According to the local TV, a few weeks ago, police interrogated Laliberté's team-mate suspected of drug possession and found pictures of a marijuana plantation on his mobile phone.

In 2015, Cirque du Soleil was sold to USA and Chinese investors, but Mr Laliberte retains a minority stake in the company.

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