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Prankster hits Brad Pitt in face at ‘Maleficent’ premiere

Prankster hits Brad Pitt in face at ‘Maleficent’ premiere

HIT IN THE FACE:Cast member Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt wave at fans as they arrive at the premiere of "Maleficent" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California May 28. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

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A fan is walked off in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt at the world premiere of “Maleficent” at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision)

(Reuters) – An infamous red carpet prankster struck actor Brad Pitt in the face as he signed autographs at the Hollywood premiere of a film starring his partner Angelina Jolie on Wednesday, police said.

Pitt, a Golden Globe-winning actor, was at the premiere of “Maleficent”, at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California, when Vitalii Sediuk leaped over a fence and hit him, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva.

Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody on Wednesday night, Villanueva said. Sediuk is now being held pending payment of $20,000 bail.

“The officers who were handling him said it looked like it was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined,” said Sergeant Leonard Calderon for LAPD Hollywood.

Sediuk, 25, is a Ukrainian television reporter who has often pranked celebrities at red carpet events.

In previous exploits, Sediuk has hugged actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s crotch at a Santa Barbara Film Festival event, stormed the stage during singer Adele’s Grammy acceptance speech, and been slapped by Will Smith after kissing the actor at a Moscow premiere.

Sediuk did not appear to be armed at the time of the attack on Pitt, and investigators have not yet determined a motive, said Villanueva, adding that he was likely to be arraigned on Thursday.

“Maleficent” is Disney’s modern reimagining of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairytale, and Jolie stars as its villain.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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