Having taken on zombies, Nazis and casino owners in the movies, Brad Pitt is clearly not a man to be trifled with — something the so-called prankster who rushed Pitt last week at the Hollywood "Maleficent" premiere should have known. Now Pitt has released a statement in which he warns the red-carpet crasher that future antics could get ugly, saying, "He's going to get stomped."
Pitt's statement, given to People magazine Monday, describes in detail the bizarre encounter the actor had with the jokester, Ukrainian TV personality Vitalii Sediuk.
"I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me," the statement reads. "I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head — not too hard — but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses."
Continued Pitt, "I don't mind an exhibitionist, but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd. And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman's dress again, he's going to get stomped."
Sediuk was charged with suspicion of misdemeanor battery and held on $20,000 bail. This wasn't his first red-carpet incident, either: Sediuk was fired by his TV network after another "prank" last month in which he looked up the dress of actress America Ferrera at Cannes.
Pitt's partner, Angelina Jolie, told the Associated Press Tuesday that the incident isn't going to affect how they greet the public on the red carpet.
"People like that are an exception to the rule," she said. Most fans are just wonderful. We've had a wonderful experience over the years, and we're very grateful for their support, and it will not change the way we behave."
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