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
"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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