Mess with a good ol’ Missouri boy like Brad Pitt and you just might get smacked in the head.
Turns out that’s exactly what happened, according to Pitt, when notorious Ukranian prankster Vitalii Sediuk rushed him at the “Maleficent” premiere in L.A. last week.
Pitt was there with fiancee Angelina Jolie, the star of the movie, when Sediuk jumped out of the crowd and lunged at Pitt.
Pitt issued a statement to People magazine to explain what happened next.
"I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me. I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head – not too hard – but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses.”
In an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Sediuk contended that he was merely trying to give Pitt a hug and meant him no harm. Contrary to initial reports, he said, he did not slap Pitt in the face and did not want to be known as the man who attacked Brad Pitt.
Too late for that.
It’s not the first, but hopefully the last, time this guy has harassed a celebrity on the red carpet, where he’s hugged the crotches of Bradley Cooper and Leonardo Di Caprio and tried to kiss Will Smith. He also crashed the 2013 Grammy Awards, running onstage during the broadcast.
Just a few days ago he rushed onto the red carpet at the Cannes film festival and crawled underneath America Ferrera's dress.
After he was arrested for the Pitt incident, he spent two days in jail before pleading no contest to battery and unlawful activity at a sporting or entertainment event. On Friday he was sentenced to three years of probation and psychiatric counseling for a year.
He was also ordered to stay away from Pitt and Jolie and the area in Hollywood where premieres are hosted.
Pitt, though, issued his own warning.
“I don't mind an exhibitionist,” he said in his statement to People, “but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd.
“And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman's dress again, he's going to get stomped.”