'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
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)

(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.

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sandrae
Jun 7, 2014 2:05 PM CDT
A man did that to an ex-boss of mine years back in front of Orchestra Hall as many of the attendants were standing outside after the performance in their gowns and tuxes. He hit him hard enough to take him off his feet and then walked off. Maybe this is some associated disorder connected to streaking. It's calculated, and it's showing your stuff.
Dave0
May 31, 2014 4:25 PM CDT
Seen these obnoxious dudes on You Tube. Looking forward to reading headline: 'Prankster shot dead, during prank.' Now that will be hilarious!
heyyouyou
May 31, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
Prankster??? You mean Lazy airhead with no life!