Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.
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By Megan Gibson
June 3, 2014

Brad Pitt has opened up about the “nutter” who struck the actor on the red carpet during the world premiere of Maleficent last week.

Last Wednesday, when Pitt was attending the premiere with partner Angelina Jolie, Ukrainian journalist-turned-prankster Vitalii Sediuk jumped the red carpet barrier and grabbed at the actor. Describing the incident — which ended with Sediuk in handcuffs — to People, Pitt said:

“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.”

Sediuk has pulled stunts like this in the past, crashing the red carpet to hug Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio’s crotches. Just last month, at the Cannes Film Festival, he stormed the red carpet and dove underneath America Ferrera’s gown, which Pitt seemed particularly annoyed about. The actor added, “he should know, if he tries to look up a woman’s dress again, he’s going to get stomped.”

Consider yourselves warned, would-be pranksters.



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