Brad Pitt Was Hit In The Face By An Infamous Prankster Who Somehow Keeps Getting Onto Red Carpets

Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Maleficent premiere Los Angeles May 2014

(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/

Last night Brad Pitt attended the Hollywood premiere of his fiancee Angelina Jolie’s new movie Maleficent. If he arrived at the El Capitan Theater expecting to walk the red carpet in peace and have his personal space respected without, say, a prankster approaching him and reportedly hitting him in the face, he must have been sorely disappointed. And it’s all thanks to 25-year-old Ukrainian TV reporter and prankster Vitalii Sediuk.

If that name — or just the concept of a Ukrainian red carpet prankster in general — sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because you’ve heard about other incidents he’s been involved in. For instance, just last week he put his head up America Ferrera’s dress on the red carpet at Cannes. He also got up close and personal with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper’s crotches earlier this year, and perhaps most famously, he kissed Will Smith a couple of years ago and proceeded to get slapped. Oh, and there was also that time he got onstage during Adele’s Grammys speech.

Page Six reports that Sediuk apparently jumped over a fence at yesterday’s premiere and hit Brad Pitt in the face, according to an LAPD spokesperson. We obviously won’t know the full extent of the attack until a GIF surfaces, but Pitt wasn’t injured, and Sediuk was quickly arrested for misdemeanor battery. He’s being held on $20,000 bail. There he is below being escorted away.

Vitalii Sediuk arrested at Maleficent premiere May 2014

(Photo: Michael Wright/

Sergeant Leonard Calderon said it looked to be “intentional,” but that “remains to be determined. I’m not sure how jumping over a fence and hitting someone could be unintentional, but I’m more concerned about how this guy keeps getting into these events to do these things. Shouldn’t every red carpet at this point begin with security being shown Sediuk’s photo and warned, “DO NOT LET THIS MAN NEAR THE CELEBRITIES!” I just can’t believe he manages these things at so many different events in so many different places on so many different celebrities.

Anywho, here’s the video of Sediuk being subdued by officers and escorted away.

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      If we put Angelina Jolie in charge of putting a stop to this guy, we’d never hear about him ever again.

      • Alyssa

        If we put Jennifer Aniston in charge of it, we’ll never stop hearing about him.

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    • Jen

      wish people would stop referring to this guy as a “prankster”…these aren’t pranks. These are actual physical assaults and in some cases sexual harrassment/assault. Expected more from this website to be honest.

      • Alyssa

        I always laugh when people say “I expected more from this website”.What more do you expect? It’s a satirical website, not a serious news source.

      • Mallory

        A satirical website that tends to think joking about assaults is in bad taste, but calls a guy who is constantly assaulting people a “prankster.”

      • Jen

        I never said I expected it to be a serious news source? Completely agree with what Mallory said. This site regularly criticises the media for its handling of assaults (see the Jay Z & Solange saga) so forgive me for thinking it would take an equally mature stance on this “prankster”. These are not “pranks” and it’s actually incredibly triggering to refer to them as such. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been sexually harrassed/assaulted and it hasn’t been taken seriously because it was in the name of a “prank”. This wording has so much in common with the “boys will be boys” mentality. Just maybe think about your wording in future?

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Thanks for pointing that out. Sediuk seems to present himself as a “prankster,” and that’s how he’s been referred to by the media, but that doesn’t excuse his behavior.

      • Jen

        Thanks for the response. Totally understand that it’s an easy mistake to make when he’s so frequently referred to as a “prankster”

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      This guy is obviously a disturbed violent criminal, not sure why you’re calling him a “prankster”. Pranks are usually fun, not violent.

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