Red carpet marauder strikes again, this time at Brad Pitt

 


Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt at the world premiere of “Maleficent” on May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

The infamous Ukrainian journalist with a rap sheet of red carpet disruptions struck again Wednesday — this time, reportedly punching Brad Pitt in the face, news reports said.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: Vitalii Sediuk Ukrainian Tv reporter arrested at the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Vitalii Sediuk. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Los Angeles police said Vitalii Sediuk, 25, hopped a barricade about 7:30 p.m. at the El Capitan Theatre and battered Pitt, who was attending the premiere of “Maleficent,” starring his partner, Angelina Jolie. Pitt tried to hit back before police came to the scene.

“Some guy jumped over the barricades and made contact with Brad Pitt,” Officer Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times.

Sediuk was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery at the LAPD Hollywood Station shortly after 10 p.m. and was held on $20,000 bail, according to booking records.


A fan is walked off the carpet in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt at the world premiere of “Maleficent” at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

This isn’t Sediuk’s first incident when it comes to celebrity contact.

The so-called prankster allegedly tried to crawl under America Ferrera’s gown at the premiere of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. He was quickly caught and kicked out by security, Huffington Post reported.


Prankster Vitalii Sediuk blocked by minders as he tries to slip under U.S. actress America Ferrera’s dress in Cannes, France, on May 16, 2014.  (VALERY HACHE,ALBERTO PIZZOLI,LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

In January, Sediuk showed up at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and lunged at Bradley Cooper, hugging him around the waist and nestling his face in Cooper’s crotch, E! reported. Cooper tried to laugh it off. Then his “American Hustle” costar Michael Peña and actor Mandy Patinkin had to help, according to news reports.

He appeared on stage at the Grammys in February 2013 during Adele’s acceptance speech. The incident alleged landed him a night in jail, news reports said.

And a few weeks later, he appeared at the 2013 Academy Awards wearing a Bjork-style swan dress and carrying a blue bucket filled with 15 souvenir Oscar replicas. He was stopped by police. The Hollywood Reporter has photos — and video — of the incident.

Sediuk even reportedly attempted to kiss Will Smith on the lips at the “Men in Black 3″ premiere in 2012. Smith shoved him and then slapped him in the face. TMZ has video.


Will Smith, center right, is embraced by reporter Vitalii Sediuk. (AP Photo via AP video)

The Washington Post reached out to Sediuk through an e-mail listed on his online resume. He did not immediately respond. The phone number listed was no longer in service.

As for Pitt, he appeared to be just fine Wednesday night. The Associated Press reported that he continued signing autographs after the attack.


Brad Pitt. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Lindsey Bever is a national news reporter for The Washington Post. She writes for the Morning Mix news blog. Tweet her: @lindseybever
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