Brad Pitt's Attacker Vitalii Sediuk Explains His Celebrity Pranks: "I Am a Different Guy Who Thinks Differently"
The man behind the punch! Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk opened up on camera for the first time since attacking Brad Pitt at the May 28 Maleficent premiere in Los Angeles.
"I don't think [there's] something wrong with me," Sediuk replied. "I am a different guy who thinks differently and has this entertainment spirit that probably people in Hollywood never experienced before. It’s something different, controversial, extraordinary and it’s hard to explain. I’m normal, at least I believe so.”
Pitt wasn't the first star to fall victim to Sediuk's antics. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the Ukrainian-born former journalist was caught climbing underneath America Ferrera's gown on the red carpet, and at the SAG Awards this past January he hugged nominee Bradley Cooper around his middle on the red carpet. (He also attempted to kiss Will Smith on the face at the Men in Black 3 premiere in May 2012.)
"I ask them just don't be mad," Sediuk said of the stars who had fallen victim to his pranks. "I apologize for inconveniences that I created to many celebrities dealing [with] my style of entertainment… I feel sorry that I created inconveniences for Brangelina family because I knew there were no kids around, but they were [at] the premiere, and I kind of stole the spotlight from such an important moment."
Since his Cannes ambush, Sediuk has been fired from his TV network 1+1 TV, but clearly hasn't learned his lesson. He was also ordered by a judge to stay away from Pitt and fiancee Angelina Jolie, and is required to stay 500 yards away from the Hollywood block where movie premieres and the Academy Awards are hosted.
“I wouldn’t joke with the judge, and I took them seriously because one thing you do for entertainment and other thing, when you have legal problems, and I have to tell you they’re so many consequences I experience now,” Sediuk admitted.