Man Dives Under Celeb's Dress at Cannes
America Ferrera says she's fine after stunt
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2014 6:11 AM CDT
Security officials pull away the man who dove under America Ferrara's dress.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – America Ferrera endured the creepiest kind of celebrity treatment on the red carpet at Cannes yesterday when a man dove under her dress, reports AP. Security quickly pulled away the offender, identified as a Ukrainian known for such stunts, Vitalii Sediuk. (He's the same self-described "reporter" who planted a kiss on Will Smith on the red carpet in 2012.) At the after-party for her film, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ferrara didn't make much of the incident. "I'm fine, over it," the 30-year-old former star of Ugly Betty told the Hollywood Reporter.

At the Washington Post, Alyssa Rosenberg is not amused by Sediuk, who also once placed his face in Bradley Cooper's crotch. "These are not only totally unrevealing stunts, if that is what they are supposed to be," she writes. "They are assault. Just because they happen to men as well as well as women does not mean they should be treated as examples of puckishness or pranksterism." Agreed, writes Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel. A prank is something like this. It "is not looking up someone's skirt." (Earlier this year, a fan rushed the red carpet and groped Modern Family star Sarah Hyland.)

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RN
May 25, 2014 5:40 PM CDT
Bikini, G-string, or commando? I certainly hope he found what he was looking for.... Geeze! lol
sandrae
May 23, 2014 5:29 PM CDT
I love America... and America Ferrera, too! I wonder what this man was diving for? Did he decide he no longer liked being in public?
crackalacka
May 19, 2014 9:48 AM CDT
I'm usually all for behavior that takes the wind out of pompous stars' sails... But this is just invasion of personal space. It's not art, it's idiocy. And I have a very broad opinion of what constitutes art.