News

Prankster hits Brad Pitt in face at ‘Maleficent’ premiere

Prankster hits Brad Pitt in face at ‘Maleficent’ premiere

HIT IN THE FACE:Cast member Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt wave at fans as they arrive at the premiere of "Maleficent" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California May 28. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

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

(Reuters) – An infamous red carpet prankster struck actor Brad Pitt in the face as he signed autographs at the Hollywood premiere of a film starring his partner Angelina Jolie on Wednesday, police said.

Pitt, a Golden Globe-winning actor, was at the premiere of “Maleficent”, at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California, when Vitalii Sediuk leaped over a fence and hit him, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva.

Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody on Wednesday night, Villanueva said. Sediuk is now being held pending payment of $20,000 bail.

“The officers who were handling him said it looked like it was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined,” said Sergeant Leonard Calderon for LAPD Hollywood.

Sediuk, 25, is a Ukrainian television reporter who has often pranked celebrities at red carpet events.

In previous exploits, Sediuk has hugged actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s crotch at a Santa Barbara Film Festival event, stormed the stage during singer Adele’s Grammy acceptance speech, and been slapped by Will Smith after kissing the actor at a Moscow premiere.

Sediuk did not appear to be armed at the time of the attack on Pitt, and investigators have not yet determined a motive, said Villanueva, adding that he was likely to be arraigned on Thursday.

“Maleficent” is Disney’s modern reimagining of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairytale, and Jolie stars as its villain.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Recent Headlines

36 mins ago in National, Sports

Broncos defense dominates Panthers to win Super Bowl

Fresh
manningsuperbowl

The Broncos scored early and never trailed as they held the league's highest-scoring offense in check en route to capturing their first Super Bowl title in 17 years.

2 hours ago in Entertainment

Doritos, Esurance early ad winners on social media during Super Bowl

Fresh
beyonce

From the cute and trendy to the downright creepy, Super Bowl 50 was full of ads to remember - and a few that we'd like to forget.

2 hours ago in Entertainment, Sports

TWITTER REACTS: Super Bowl 50 halftime show

Fresh
Coldplay singer Chris Martin sings during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Coldplay has a lot of fans ... but most of them were not on Twitter on Sunday night.