A man was arrested after accosting Brad Pitt on a Hollywood red carpet on Wednesday while the actor was attending the premiere of his longtime partner Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent."
The man behind the prank was identified by Los Angeles police as Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian journalist with a history of getting too close to celebrities and who was already on probation for crashing the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Witnesses saw the man from the fan area jump over a barrier and rush at Pitt during the "Maleficent" premiere at El Capitan Theater, touching him briefly before security guards got to him.
Sediuk, 25, was jailed on suspicion of misdemeanor battery. Pitt was not hurt and kept greeting fans before walking into the theater.
Sediuk is no stranger to such celebrity pranks.
- In February he was cited for trespassing after grabbing the microphone before Adele accepted an award at the Grammys. Court records show Sediuk was ordered to remain on probation until June 2016 in that case.
Sediuk explained the on-stage stunt in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
- Then there was this: Last year, Sediuk tried to kiss Will Smith on a red carpet. The star slapped him in response.
Sediuk later gave an interview in which he tried to explain his behavior:
- In January, Sediuk grabbed actor Bradley Cooper around the legs on the red carpet at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A.
- And less than two weeks ago, Sediuk allegedly tried to slip under U.S. actress America Ferrera's dress at the Cannes Film Festival in southern France.
As for Pitt, Sediuk got to him despite security that was heavy for a movie premiere, with guards keeping a large gap between the stars and the crowd.
Before the incident, Jolie told the Associated Press that the El Capitan is like a local theater for herself, Pitt and their kids, who usually don't attend her premieres but did Wednesday night.
"Well, oddly, we usually go to the El Capitan, that's where we take the kids. That's the closest theater to us," Jolie said. "This is the first time they were able to come to mommy's premiere."
Email messages left for representatives for Pitt and Disney were not immediately returned.
Christa Scherck, who had represented Sediuk for two years, said Thursday that she had severed ties with him over the Pitt incident.
Sediuk was being held Thursday in lieu of $20,000 bail.
This story has been updated.