In the end, an attempt to flee the press made headlines.
Thomas Middelhoff, former chief executive at Bertlesmann and Arcandor, dramatically jumped out of a window to escape reporters.
Mr. Middelhoff, who is being sued by various former associates for millions of euros, was in a court in Essen on Friday for a so-called “oath of disclosure” in which he had to outline his financial assets. The hearing was the result of legal proceedings brought against Mr. Middelhoff by his former partner, the management consultant Roland Berger.
Mr. Middelhoff said that after his court appearance he jumped out of the window and grabbed a drainpipe before jumping 3 meters down onto the roof of a garage. He then jumped another 3 meters to the street. “Then I went through the back yard and, cheerfully whistling, walked to a side street where I hailed a cab,” he told the DPA news agency.