Brad Pitt assailant, Ukrainian TV ‘reporter,’ faces celebrity stunt backlash


He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow and attempted to steal Adele’s spotlight at the Grammys; he dove under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes and now, police say, he has accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

Vitalii Sediuk’s antics earned him a smack in the face from Smith and probation for the Grammys stunt and have cost him his job with the Ukrainian TV station that up until his incident with Ferrera gave the 25-year-old a platform to cross the line with celebrities.

Sediuk remained in a Hollywood jail Thursday, one day after police say he leaped over a fan barrier and assailed Pitt, who was signing autographs at the premiere of his partner Angelina Jolie’s latest film, “Maleficent.” Pitt was apparently uninjured, but Sediuk’s conduct has left him alienated from supporters and facing another possible criminal case.

An emergency restraining order has been issued to Sediuk to stay away from Pitt, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said. The order could be extended for a month, but the actor will have to petition a civil judge if he wants the order extended, Gonzalez said.

A case against Sediuk was to be presented later Thursday to prosecutors, who will make the ultimate determination on charges, he said.

Ukrainian TV station 1+1 fired Sediuk roughly three weeks ago, around the time he rushed Ferrera and hid under her voluminous dress at the premiere of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sediuk’s antics have repeatedly brought him too close for comfort to Hollywood’s elite.

In perhaps his tamest incident, Sediuk presented Madonna with a bouquet of hydrangeas at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, prompting the singer to express her disgust for the flowers. The following year, he attempted to kiss Smith on the mouth on a red carpet in Moscow, prompting a slap from the actor.

The incidents apparently emboldened Sediuk to new stunts to attract attention. His grab of the microphone before Adele accepted a Grammy Award at last year’s ceremony led Sediuk to plead no contest to trespassing and earned him a three-year probation sentence.

After his arrest for crashing the Grammys, Sediuk said he accepted responsibility for his actions but wasn’t sorry for what he did. He said he was just trying to create interesting reports for audiences back home, and had been stymied by publicists.

“I just need to get a little access,” he said at the time.

Earlier this year he hugged Bradley Cooper’s crotch at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and streaked down a runway in a G-string at a show during February’s Fashion Week in New York City. No charges were filed after either incident.

Sediuk’s intentions toward Pitt are unclear. He remains jailed in lieu of $20,000 bond, and his attorney, Anthony Willoughby, said he had not yet spoken to his client. Willoughby said the Pitt incident could lead to a probation violation for Sediuk.

Publicist Christa Scherck, who worked with Sediuk for the past two years and helped him get the necessary credentials for entertainment events, said she will sever ties with him after his arrest. She claimed she had been unaware of his prank plans.

“This goes beyond pranking,” Scherck said. “This is no longer entertaining.”