A week ago, Brad Pitt was allegedly punched in the face at the US premiere of Angelina Jolie’s latest movie, “Maleficent”, by a man who jumped the rope on the red carpet. Now, for the first time, the A-list megastar has made his first public comment on the incident.
I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me. I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head – not too hard – but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses. I don’t mind an exhibitionist, but if this guy keeps it up he’s going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd.ADVERTISEMENT
The attacker was former Ukrainian TV reporter 25-year-old Vitalii Sediuk, and apparently, this wasn’t his first offence. He has done quite a number of similar stunts in recent years. At this year’s Grammy’s, he went up on stage after presenter Jennifer Lopez read out Adele’s name. He once put his head under actress America Ferrera’s gown at this year’s Cannes film festival too!
Other targets of his strange “affection” include Will Smith, Madonna, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Watch the Brad Pitt attack here:
Luckily, Vitalii Sediuk isn’t getting away with all of that this time!
That incident resulted in his being fired from his position with Ukrainian television channel 1+1, and Sediuk was later charged with one count of battery, one count of assault and two violations of the Los Angeles municipal code following his altercation with Brad Pitt.
He has since been put on three years’ probation and ordered to undergo psychological counselling after pleading no contest to two charges against him. He was also given 20 days of community labour and told to remain at least 500 yards (457 metres) away from Pitt and Jolie, and stay away from the Hollywood & Highland Center – the home of the Academy Awards.
Yeah, stay away from our Brangelina, you!