Vitalii Sediuk

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Vitalii Sediuk
Born (1988-11-14) 14 November 1988 (age 30)[1]
NationalityUkrainian

Vitalii Sediuk (Ukrainian: Віталій Седюк)[2] (born November 14, 1988)[1] is a Ukrainian "self-described 'prankster'" who attacks and sexually harasses celebrities. He was formerly a media reporter, who abused his media access to gain access to celebrities.

He has physically assaulted a number of celebrities at events such as film premieres and awards ceremonies. On several of these occasions, he has gained access to otherwise restricted areas with the use of press credentials from his former employer, Ukrainian TV channel 1+1.[3] In interviews, he has denied his conduct amounts to stalking and has stated he is not "crazy".[4]

Celebrity assaults incidents[edit]

2011–2014[edit]

Brad Pitt incident[edit]

  • On 28 May 2014, Sediuk was arrested by Los Angeles police after running onto the red carpet at the premiere of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theater and making contact with Brad Pitt, breaking the actor's glasses. Though apparently unharmed, Pitt cut short autograph signing after the attack and was granted an emergency restraining order against Sediuk.[16][17][18] Initial stories reported that Sediuk had punched Pitt in the face, though a statement Pitt made in the aftermath of the attack provided different details:

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. 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.[19]

In the aftermath of the attack, prosecutors announced they would seek an unprecedented court order banning Sediuk from any events connected with the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.[20]

Sediuk was held in the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail after failing to post $20,000 bail, and was indicted on 30 May 2014 on charges of assault and battery. Sediuk was also charged with unlawful activity at a sporting, theatrical event, or exhibition, relating to his 2013 Oscars stunt, and prosecution for which had been deferred at the time of the incident on condition of his good behavior for three years.[21] Sediuk pled no contest to all charges and was sentenced to 20 days of community service, $440 in court costs, and ordered to undergo psychological counseling for one year.

2014–2017[edit]

  • On 25 September 2014, Sediuk allegedly shoved Kim Kardashian, nearly forcing her to the ground if not for the assistance of her bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, as she, her husband Kanye West, and mother Kris Jenner were exiting a limousine to enter the Balmain Fashion Show at Le Grand Hôtel in Paris, France to watch her sister, Kendall Jenner, as she modeled.[22] While Sediuk's involvement was inconclusive initially, it was confirmed following a statement released by Sediuk, noting, "I hope Kim is ok and won’t be mad at me as I didn’t mean any harm. Kanye is one lucky man as Kim is a goddess!"[23]
  • On 30 September 2014, Sediuk rushed the crowd at Valentino's Paris Fashion Week Show, stripped down to a G-string thong and hugged Ciara before he was pulled away. He was not charged for the incident.[24]
  • On 7 October 2015, while Miranda Kerr attended the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris, Sediuk snuck up and kissed her on the cheek.[25][26]
  • On 21 September 2016, after a fashion show in Milan, Sediuk snuck up behind model Gigi Hadid and lifted her off the ground, before being elbowed in the face by Hadid. After the incident, he confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it was indeed him; he claims his motives behind the attack were due to his belief that Hadid is not a true high fashion model.
  • On 28 September 2016, Kim Kardashian was arriving at L'Avenue restaurant when Sediuk ran over and tried to kiss Kardashian's rear end. The attack was stopped short by her bodyguard Pascal Duvier, owner of Protect Security.[27][28][29]
  • On 13 May 2017, while Jamala was performing her song "I Believe in U" at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 final, Sediuk ran onto and around the stage whilst streaking the crowd and cameras draped in an Australian flag and dropping his pants to show his rear end.[30][31] Sediuk was fined 8 500 hryvnias, approximately 284 euros, for the incident.[32]

Reception[edit]

Sediuk's attacks have generally not been well received in United States media. The Los Angeles Times has described his escapades as having "a sinister quality," while The Hollywood Reporter has labeled him "a shameless attention fiend and mischief-maker." [8][16] In reporting on Sediuk's actions at the Cannes Film Festival, The Huffington Post, while noting that Sediuk calls himself a prankster, asked "is anyone really laughing?"[33] Vulture has described Sediuk as "Borat without the wit or satire", while Uproxx has called Sediuk a "creep",[34][35] and The Wire has referred to him as "a reprehensible piece of human garbage".[36]

Non-American press have also given Sediuk a cool reception. The edition of GQ in the United Kingdom has said Sediuk confirms "why Ukrainian comedy has yet to take over the world" and the Toronto Star has referred to him as an "unfunny prankster".[37][38] The Daily Mail has dismissed Sediuk as a "serial red carpet pest".[39]

Sediuk's criminal defense attorney, Anthony Willoughby, has defended Sediuk in media reports, and insisted he is not naturally prone to violence.[40] Christa Scherck, a self-described publicist who has previously worked with Sediuk, has echoed Willoughby's assertion that Sediuk is not normally violent, also adding that he "does not have a drug problem", and "is not a pervert", but does have, however, "real issues that need to be dealt with".[41]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Sediuk produced a short film titled The Hydrangea, which reportedly had a $5,000 production budget.[citation needed] Since 2012, he has lived in Los Angeles where, until his May 2014 termination, he filed occasional stories for Ukrainian television channel 1+1. He also works as an aspiring writer, director, and producer.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Виталий Седюк / Vitalii Sediuk" (in Russian). СУТКИ. 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Handel, Jonathan (August 16, 2012). "Pucker Up: Ukrainian Journalist Who Kissed Will Smith Lands in L.A." The Blog. The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Vitalii Sediuk: 'It's not sexual assault' says self-styled prankster". BBC News. 3 October 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (12 February 2014). "Grammy Awards Crasher Vitalii Sediuk Reveals How He Did It". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Academy warns prankster famed for jokes on Madonna and Will Smith that he will be arrested if he attends the Oscars". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. ^ Valby, Karen (19 May 2012). "Ukrainian huckster in the news after sneak attack Will Smith kiss". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  7. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (11 February 2013). "Grammys Crasher Jailed for On-Stage Adele Stunt". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b Abramovitch, Seth (24 June 2013). "Hollywood Prankster Vitalii Sediuk on Avoiding Jail, His L.A. Live Ban and J.Lo Obsession". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b Abramovitch, Seth (27 June 2013). "Oscars Crasher Detained in Bjork's Swan Dress". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  10. ^ Alexander, Bryan (29 May 2014). "Who is Brad Pitt prankster Vitalii Sediuk?". USA Today. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  11. ^ Marcus, Stephanie (29 May 2014). "Brad Pitt attacked on red carpet at Maleficent premiere in Hollywood". news.com.au. news.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Streaker Crashes Runway at Fashion Week". New York Post. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  13. ^ Child, Ben (29 May 2014). "Brad Pitt punch at Maleficent premiere leads to Vitalii Sediuk arrest". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  14. ^ Shoard, Catherine (24 May 2014). "Cannes: Off-screen incidents leave their mark on festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Reporter accused of attacking Brad Pitt loses job". CNN.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  16. ^ a b Zeitchik, Steven (20 May 2014). "Vitalii Sediuk allegedly attacks Brad Pitt on 'Maleficent' carpet". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Brad Pitt Attacked on Red Carpet at 'Maleficent' Premiere". ktla.com. KTLA-TV. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Brad Pitt Attacker DESTROYED Pitt's Sunglasses ... Hit With Restraining Order". TMZ. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  19. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/03/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/brad-pitt-attack-statement/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  20. ^ "Brad Pitt Attacker, Vitalii Sediu, Facing BAN From All Hollywood Events". TMZ.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  21. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/30/showbiz/brad-pitt-attacked/
  22. ^ Reilly, Travis (September 25, 2014). "Red Carpet Crasher Vitalii Sediuk Tackles Kim Kardashian at Paris Fashion Week Event". TheWrap.com. Retrieved September 25, 2014. Sediuk's representatives told TheWrap‘s that the 25-year-old Ukrainian reporter is responsible for the incident.
  23. ^ Tuck, Lauren (25 September 2014). "Kim Kardashian Accosted at Balmain". Yahoo!. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Ciara Jumped by Vitalli".
  25. ^ Red Carpet Prankster Vitalii Sediuk Targets Miranda Kerr
  26. ^ Hollywood Prankster Vitalii Sediuk Targeted Miranda Kerr
  27. ^ "Kim Kardashian's Insurance Company American International Group (AIG) Is Suing her Former Bodyguard". Kataeb.org. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
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  30. ^ "Aussie prankster storms Eurovision stage to moon crowd". news. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  31. ^ Idato, Michael (2017-05-13). "Aussie flag streaker in Eurovision stage incursion". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  32. ^ "Віталій Седюк за оголення сідниць під час «Євробачення-2017» отримав штраф у розмірі 8 500 грн". stv.detector.media. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  33. ^ Marcus, Stephanie (16 May 2012). "America Ferrera Ambushed at Cannes Film Festival by Repeat Offender". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  34. ^ Kurp, Josh (2014-02-24). "Vitalii Sediuk Punched Brad Pitt in ihe Face". Uproxx.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  35. ^ David, Jesse. "Who Is Brad Pitt's Attacker, Vitalii Sediuk?". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  36. ^ Mosendz, Polly. "Brad Pitt Punched in the Face by Dastardly Villain". The Wire. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  37. ^ Morris, Andy (18 May 2014). "What's the worst thing that can happen on a red carpet?". GQ UK.
  38. ^ Arpe, Malene (29 May 2014). "Brad Pitt attacked on Maleficent red carpet". Toronto Star.
  39. ^ Smith, Lizzie (2014-05-16). "Brad Pitt attacked by Vitalii Sediuk on red carpet at Maleficent premiere". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  40. ^ "Brad Pitt's 'Maleficent' prankster hit with restraining order". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  41. ^ Marquina, Sierra. "Celeb Prankster Vitalii Sediuk's Ex Publicist 'Shocked' By His Actions". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-30.

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