'Prankster' Attacks Brad Pitt at Premiere

Ukrainian who pranked Will Smith, Bradley Cooper strikes again

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2014 2:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie appeared unfazed last night after a man jumped over a barrier and allegedly hit Pitt in the face at the Hollywood premiere of Maleficent; police said the man "came into physical contact" with the actor, per ABC News. Guards hauled the man—later identified as Ukrainian "prankster" Vitalii Sediuk, 25—off the red carpet and he was arrested and charged with battery. Pitt was unharmed and resumed signing autographs after the incident. Sediuk's bail was set at $20,000.

"This was an unfortunate and inappropriate incident that is being investigated by the LAPD," a spokesperson for Maleficent distributor Disney tells Variety. Sediuk's previous run-ins with celebrities have included kissing Will Smith, planting his face in Bradley Cooper's crotch, and—most recently and creepily—diving under America Ferrara's skirt in Cannes earlier this month.

A man is walked off in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt at the premiere of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.
A man is walked off in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt at the premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Actor Brad Pitt and his precious face.
Actor Brad Pitt and his precious face.   (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP Images)
Brad Pitt signs autographs at the world premiere of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday.
Brad Pitt signs autographs at the world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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