LOS ANGELES: A Ukrainian prankster accused of punching Brad Pitt at a Hollywood red carpet event remained behind bars and was given a restraining order not to approach the star, police said.
Vitalii Sediuk, known for past stunts including gatecrashing the Grammys, was arrested Wednesday evening after knocking off Pitt’s sunglasses at a premiere for his partner Angelina Jolie’s latest film, “Maleficent”.
He was held on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail, while police imposed a five-day restraining order for him to stay clear of Pitt, said LA Police Department (LAPD) spokeswoman Sally Madera.
The actor would have to go to court if he wants the restraining order extended beyond five days.
Sediuk allegedly jumped over a barrier outside the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and attacked the actor. Neither Pitt nor Jolie seemed fazed by the altercation.
Vitalii is a Ukrainian TV journalist who has a reputation for celebrity-related gatecrashing and stunts.
At this year’s Cannes film festival, he burst onto the red carpet, threw himself to the ground and put his hands around “Ugly Betty” actress America Ferrera’s ankles for a few seconds.
Other targets of his affection have included Will Smith, Madonna, British singer Adele and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In February of last year, he gatecrashed the Grammy music awards, going up on stage after presenter Jennifer Lopez read out Adele’s name, The Hollywood Reporter says.
That stunt landed him in jail overnight, the paper added.