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Man who accosted Pitt has reputation for stunts

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm •  Published: May 29, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, attempted to steal Adele's spotlight at the Grammys, dove under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

Vitalii Sediuk's antics have earned him a smack in the face from Smith, probation for the Grammys stunt and have cost him his job with the Ukrainian television station that, up until his incident with Ferrera, gave the 25-year-old a platform to cross the line with celebrities.

Sediuk remained in a Hollywood jail Thursday, one day after police say he leaped over a fan barrier and made contact with Pitt, who was signing autographs at the premiere of his partner Angelina Jolie's latest film, "Maleficent." Pitt was apparently uninjured, but Sediuk's conduct has left him alienated from supporters and facing another possible criminal case.

An emergency restraining order has been issued to Sediuk to stay away from Pitt, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said. The order could be extended for a month, but the actor would have to petition a civil judge if he wants the stay-away order extended, Gonzalez said.

A case against Sediuk was presented Thursday to prosecutors, who will make the ultimate determination on charges, he said.

Ukranian TV station 1+1 fired Sediuk roughly three weeks ago, around the time he rushed Ferrera and hid under her voluminous dress at the premiere of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" at the Cannes Film Festival. The station's general director Oleksandr Tkachenko wouldn't disclose the exact reason for Sediuk's dismissal.

Sediuk's antics have repeatedly brought him too close for comfort to Hollywood's elite. In perhaps his tamest incident, Sediuk presented Madonna with a bouquet of hydrangeas at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, prompting the singer to express her disgust for the flowers. The following year, he attempted to kiss Smith on the mouth on a red carpet in Moscow, prompting a slap from the actor.

The incidents raised Sediuk's profile and apparently emboldened him to new stunts to attract attention. His grab of the microphone before Adele accepted a Grammy Award at last year's ceremony led Sediuk to plead no contest to trespassing and earned him a three-year probation sentence.

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