Brad Pitt attacked at Hollywood premiere of ‘Maleficent’
LOS ANGELES — One moment Brad Pitt was signing autographs, and the next taking an apparent blow to the face.
Pitt was at the Hollywood premiere of “Maleficent,” starring his partner Angelina Jolie on Wednesday night, when a man hopped a barrier and apparently attacked the actor, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Leonard Calderon said.
The suspected attacker is 25-year-old Vitalii Sediuk, a serial troublemaker at celebrity events.
Police did not say whether Pitt was punched or slapped, just that the attacker struck him in the face.
Sediuk was arrested on suspicion of battery, police said.
Sediuk has a history of confronting celebrities at red carpet events. In 2012, he was slapped by actor Will Smith after he attempted to kiss Smith.
At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Sediuk charged the stage before singer Adele could accept her award.
Sediuk also hugged actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper around the knees at separate events earlier this year.
Most recently, he put his head up America Ferrara’s dress at the Cannes premiere of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” last week.
After the attack Wednesday evening, Pitt and Jolie continued walking the blue carpet. Neither appeared fazed by the incident.