Brad Pitt Attacked by Man at ‘Maleficent’ Premiere

A man was arrested Wednesday night after physically attacking Brad Pitt at the world premiere of “Maleficent,” starring Pitt’s partner Angelina Jolie.

Witnesses saw the individual, later identified as celeb prankster Vitalii Sediuk, jump the security barriers while Pitt and Jolie were signing autographs in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The man then approached Pitt on the red carpet, where he allegedly struck the 50 year-old actor in the face.

SEE ALSO: Brad Pitt Files Temporary Restraining Order Against Attacker Vitalii Sediuk

Security guards held Sediuk, 25, until the LAPD could take him into custody, which you can see in the paparazzi video below. LAPD Sgt. Leonard Calderon said he was taken to the Hollywood police station where Sediuk was arrested and booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.

He is being held on $20,000 bail.

Pitt, who was unharmed according to law enforcement officials, resumed signing autographs for fans after the incident.

“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate incident that is being investigated by the LAPD,” a spokesperson for Disney, the distributor of “Maleficent,” told Variety.

SEE ALSO: Film Review: “Maleficent”

Ukranian TV presenter Sediuk was last spotted just 11 days ago in Cannes with his head under America Ferrera’s dress. The notorious prankster crashed the Grammys last year, when he was jailed overnight and banned from setting foot in the L.A. Live complex after making it up on stage and attempting to accept Adele’s award for best solo performance. He has also grabbed Leonardo DiCaprio (watch the video below), tried to kiss Will Smith (and was subsequently slapped) and groped Bradley Cooper at various red carpet events.

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  1. Joe says:

    The woman narrating this is so annoying….

  2. hassan says:

    brad pitt deserve it

  3. robert v pope says:

    brad continued to sign autographs!! Brad I must say you are a true star deserving of all your fame and fortune. Most any other actor would have withdrew and whined. You are an amazing actor and obviously a great person. True style brother, True style

  4. Confused about what? says:

    So glad Will Smith got to smack the shyt outta him before…..too bad it didn’t prevent him from assaulting Brad. Brad should’ve followed Will’s lead & fight clubbed him.

  5. How exactly are these “pranks”?

  6. moolata says:

    i think they stoned the wrong person in pakistan. it should have been this so called prankster instead.
    Why oh why would he punch my future husband?

  7. puddingtang says:

    Although the guy is an idiot People on scene act like vultures. Get a Life…..

  8. Alex Fox says:

    “In lieu of actual talent, I will attack and humiliate those in the spotlight in order to attain my 15 seconds of ‘fame.'”

  9. Penny Trow-Foreman says:

    This man’s actions are obviously escalating from “pranks” to violence. He should be detained on a psychological hold, examined by experts, and then held accountable for his actions, including revoking his visa. Hitting someone should never be considered acceptable behavior, even as a joke/prank.

  10. Uzume says:

    So, he’s an arse – why tell us that? We already know!

  11. Brad Pitt should be able to punch him in the face.

  12. Giving him all this media attention is exactly why he did it…moving along now…

  13. The gossip columnists and a lot of the public lionise stars and then blame the same stars for being lionised: they tell these Hollywood stars that they have no rights to privacy because ‘the public’ put them there. All that means is that some people will insist that screen stars have no rights to the same basic human rights as the rest of us. The public chooses to lionise these ‘stars’; the ‘public’ has a free choice – so it’s wrong to expect ‘stars’ to give up their basic human rights just because the public has chosen to elevate them. Anyway, it’s a basic human right to be able to live one’s life without fear of physical violence: no amount of ‘stardom’ or riches should mean that another human being (who has harmed no-one else) has to accept abuse.

  14. I’m more shocked by the fact that Brad is 50!

  15. Dwyn says:

    That is not Vitalii…

  16. Glenn1441 says:

    Hey Variety: Nearly every comment below makes the point that ‘prankster’ is not the word of choice for this menace. Hitting a man in the face? If that’s your idea of ‘funny,’ then there’s clearly more ‘variety’ to your vocabulary than mine.

  17. Karen says:

    If this man is known to get to close to celebrities and do harmful and humiliating things to them why isn’t he in jail for months/years? If he gets away with this stuff what is to keep someone who wants to do serious harm from doing the same thing?

    • anthony says:

      You know why he does these things and get away with it and not have to sit in jail for years and months?Because,he’s really an actor and these incidents he does are all staged just to get people talking and this guy and this guy won’t be in jail for long because he’ll be back out and doing more of these things and his name will always be in the paper

  18. “Prankster” is an odd choice of words.

  19. Kevin Virgil says:

    Time to revoke this guy’s visa. Sounds like his skills would be better put to use in the streets of Donetsk. Good luck bro.

  20. Poli says:

    Yeah, stop calling this guy a prankster. He’s a criminal.

  21. It’s not a prank to physically assault someone. It’s not a prank to put your head under a woman’s dress. We need to call it what it is: the man’s a psychopath and is enabled by those who employ him as a TV presenter, putting him in the public eye.

    • anthony says:

      The guy probably an actor and get’s paid for doing these things making people think they’re real and I have a feeling we’ll keep seeing his name again and again on the internet

  22. Kaela Taylor says:

    that’s not pranking.. that’s HARASSMENT and assault.

  23. Dren says:

    I don’t understand why Variety is calling this man a “Prankster” when he clearly is assaulting others.

  24. Tammy B. says:

    Let’s be careful with our words. Pitt was not “attacked”…those poor girls shot by that lunatic in Santa Barbara were attacked.

    • rayvenwolf says:

      REALLY?! You’re going to try and make this about that? YES he was attacked. A punch to the face is an attack. Those girls and BOYS were killed. Big difference.

  25. Christine says:

    Prankster? It seems to me =his antics are a little more than pranks. Assault is not a prank :(

  26. lisa says:

    Brad should have punched him back

    • JimInPhila says:

      That’s probably what the POS wanted, he’d sue Brad.

      • tomclarke420 says:

        Brad knows I’ll do the fght club style retribution for him anyway…. love you brad hahaha no homo he’s just a cool guy, he could hae taken that guy but i havent seen the hit or anything

  27. Jen says:

    They call him a “prankster”?! He’s not pranking people, he’s assaulting them! A prank is reaching out to shake their hand and having a hand buzzer. This man needs to be locked up in a mental health facility!

  28. Markaccus says:

    This is what counts as a “prank” is it? Assault. Looking up dresses, groping men and women (sexual assault) I am pretty sure if i did this i would be in a looney bin by now. Trying to become famous through misguided actions in an attempt to be outrageous. He is nothing more than a perverted stalker!

  29. Looking Forward To "Maleficent" says:

    I saw Mr. Pitt at TIFF last year. He has always been very gracious to his fans. I hope the jerk who assaulted him gets prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.

  30. Charlie Buechler says:

    Has anyone considered that this guy needs psychiatric help? These are not the actions of a prankster, they are escalating and getting violent. Does he need to seriously harm someone before action is taken to help him?

  31. Frances says:

    This guy isn’t a prankster, he’s a jerk. Putting his head under a woman’s dress and hitting people is childish and really quite odd for a grown man. This weirdo needs help.

  32. Bill says:

    Is it time to start thinking about deporting idiots like this and the Bieber kid?

  33. Lisa says:

    This asshole isn’t a “prankster”.. he is a repeatedly offending menance to society. Does the word DUH mean anything to those that apprehended him on the first, um, SEVERAL incidents to which he was associated??

  34. Bill says:

    Brad might want to start looking into better security guards

  35. Bill says:

    Tell him to take a swing at Mel Gibson and see what happens.

    • steve says:

      I agree with you, Bill. It would be interesting for him to try a swing at Mel Gibson, but even better, let him try one of his so-called “pranks” on Alec Baldwin! :-)

  36. idol worshipers aplenty here ….

  37. Aly LunaBlue says:

    How are there attacks “pranks”?

  38. babsiegirl says:

    Can he please punch Tom Cruise in the face next?

  39. Craig says:

    Disgusting idiot.
    Throw the book at him.

  40. Ben says:

    None of the things this guy did are even pranks, they’re just stupid.

  41. Kelly says:

    When someone assaults and sexually harasses people (on multiple occasions) he is generally called a criminal, but when he does it to celebrities he’s called a “prankster?”

  42. D.B. says:

    What pranks are he supposedly doing? Maybe this clown should let us in on the joke. He’s going to do that to the wrong celebrity one of these days. He’s an a**whoopin’ waiting to happen.

  43. Adam Cross says:

    “The notorious prankster” …. no. He’s an asssshole. and a criminal.

  44. Debbie says:

    I believe that when you resort to assault, groping, etc., you have crossed the line from being a prankster to being a criminal. Lock this guy up and toss him out of the country when he gets out of jail. He is obviously unstable.

  45. Would you morons stop calling this guy a “prankster”??? He’s a Criminal.

  46. Begs the question why allow him anywhere near premieres?

  47. Cher says:

    This dude is a lunatic……..what some people will do for attention……..leave him in jail.

  48. Sausage says:

    Great promotion for the movie Maleficent though, it looks decent but i think with Xmen, Godzilla etc.. it may have flown under the radar.
    Maybe this bit of news may stop a flop?

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