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

(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.)

Security officials pull away the man who dove under America Ferrara's dress.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Actors Djimon Hounsou, America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel pose for photographers during the party for the film 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' at Cannes.   (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
In this video image taken from AP video, Will Smith, center right, slaps Vitalii Sediuk on the red carpet before the premiere of "Men in Black III" in Moscow. Sediuk rushed up and kissed him.   (AP Photo via AP video)
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