Brad Pitt Hit in Face by Red Carpet Prankster Vitalii Sediuk

Notorious red carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk has struck again. No, really. He struck.

Sediuk attacked Brad Pitt at the Wednesday evening premiere of Angelina Jolie’s Disney effort Maleficient. The actor, 50, was signing autographs at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood when he was struck in the face by Sediuk.

The who had jumped over metal barriers to approach the star. Sediuk, 25, was immediately wrestled to the crowd by security and handcuffed before being taken into police custody. A spokesperson for Disney called Sediuk’s attack on Brad “an unfortunate and inappropriate incident that is being investigated by the LAPD.”

He will reportedly be booked on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Pitt, noticeably shaken, was not injured in the assault.

Sediuk is a Ukrainian television reporter,best known on these shores for his antics during international red carpet events. Earlier this month, the prankster was detained at the Cannes Film Festival for sticking his head under America Ferrera’s dress. Last summer, Sediuk famously tried to kiss Will Smith on a red carpet only to be slapped by the livid star.

His biggest grift, however, came at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Sediuk managed to sneak into the ceremony without credentials and later tried to accept a gong intended for British powerhouse Adele. His tug was no match for the lion’s grasp of presenter Jennifer Lopez.

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