At the red carpet premiere of Maleficent last Wednesday, the news managed to focus on someone other than just the cast and crew of the film.
Vitalii Sediuk, Ukranian journalist and well known celebrity prankster, managed to get passed red carpet security to attack Brad Pitt, breaking the actor’s glasses in the process.
Who in their right mind punches Brad Pitt in the face at a red carpet event?
Vitalii Sediuk does.
According to Hollywood.com, two days after the incident, Sediuk was issued “20 days of community service, 36 months of probation and ordered to pay $220 (£138) in fines.” He is also banned from all future Hollywood events.
As if Brangelina would just sit back and let this sort of shenanigans continue.
Sediuk has racked up a lengthy list of celebrity prank incidents over the past three years:
Madonna, 2011 Venice Film Festival – Sediuk gave Madonna a bouquet of hydrangeas. She despises hydrangeas.
Will Smith, Men in Black 3 premiere in Moscow – Sediuk kissed Will Smith. In return, Will Smith slapped him and shouted, “What the hell is wrong with you?!”
Adele, 2013 Grammy’s – Sediuk rushed onto the stage for a brief moment to murmur into the microphone when Adele received her award for Best Solo Performance. No one really noticed it on television because it happened so quickly.
*ATTEMPT* Sediuk tried to enter the 85th Academy Award Show wearing drag! What?! Why. Thankfully, security sent him right back home.
Bradley Cooper, 20th SAG Awards – Sediuk latched onto Bradley Cooper’s legs. According to USA Today, he tried “his best to smile through the incident as he pulled [Sediuk] off of his legs.”
Leonardo DiCaprio, Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Sediuk rubbed his face in Leo’s groin. Seriously?
New York Fashion Week ’14 – Sediuk streaked the Prabal Gurung Runway show.
America Ferrera, Cannes Film Festival – Sediuk crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress while she posed for the paparazzi at the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Mario Lopez got the opportunity to interview the prankster on Extra Tuesday. Lopez asked him the million dollar question: “What is wrong with you?”
“I don’t think [there’s] something wrong with me. I am a different guy who thinks differently and has this entertainment spirit that probably people in Hollywood never experienced before. It’s something different, controversial, extraordinary and it’s hard to explain. I’m normal, at least I believe so.”
If he thinks he’s normal, then I don’t even want to know what he considers abnormal.
He also apologized, saying,
“I apologize for inconveniences that I created to many celebrities dealing [with] my style of entertainment… I feel sorry that I created inconveniences for Brangelina family because I knew there were no kids around, but they were [at] the premiere, and I kind of stole the spotlight from such an important moment.”
Let’s see if he’ll make it through this three year probation.