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Brad Pitt 'attacker' Vitalii Sediuk: Who is this guy?

Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk is taken away by a minder after he tried to slip under U.S. actress America Ferrera's dress as she arrived for the screening of the animated film 'How to train your Dragon 2' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2014. On Wednesday, Sediuk was arrested after accosting Brad Pitt on another red carpet, this time in Hollywood for the premiere of
Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk is taken away by a minder after he tried to slip under U.S. actress America Ferrera's dress as she arrived for the screening of the animated film 'How to train your Dragon 2' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2014. On Wednesday, Sediuk was arrested after accosting Brad Pitt on another red carpet, this time in Hollywood for the premiere of "Maleficent," which stars Pitt's longtime partner, Angelina Jolie.
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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.

Sediuk explained the on-stage stunt in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

VIDEO: Sediuk on crashing the Grammys

 

VIDEO: Sediuk prank involving Will Smith

Sediuk later gave an interview in which he tried to explain his behavior:

VIDEO: Sediuk talks about the Will Smith slap

VIDEO: Sediuk and Bradley Cooper

VIDEO: Sediuk at Cannes

 

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.