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Brad Pitt rushed by man on red carpet at L.A. premiere of "Maleficent"

Man is walked off red carpet in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt at world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Last Updated May 29, 2014 4:35 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES --A man was jailed on suspicion of battery after rushing up and touching Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie "Maleficent," witnesses and police said, though Pitt was apparently unhurt and soon resumed signing autographs.

Witnesses saw the man, who was in the fan area, jump over a barrier onto the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and rush at Pitt, touching him briefly before security guards wrestled him back across the barrier.

The man was led away in handcuffs and arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery, Los Angeles police said.

According to the Reuters news agency, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva identified the man as Vitalii Sediuk and said he hit Pitt in the face.

Villanueva said Sediuk remained in police custody Wednesday night, pending payment of $20,000 bail. He said Sediuk didn't appear to be armed during the incident.

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Brad Pitt signs autographs at world premiere of Disney's "Maleficent", starring his longtime partner Angelina Jolie, at El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood; it's unclear whether this was before or after a man rushed Pitt on the red carpet
Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for Disney

Reuters describes Sediuk, 25, as a Ukrainian television reporter and "an infamous red carpet prankster."

"In previous exploits," Reuters says, "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."

The Los Angeles Times says Sediuk "crawled under actress America Ferrera's gown at the Cannes Film Festival in southern France" earlier this month.

Pitt kept greeting fans and walked into the theater after the incident.

 

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Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at world premiere of Disney's "Maleficent," in which Jolie stars, at El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Pitt's longtime partner Angelina Jolie stars in "Maleficent," Disney's new live action spin on its animated classic "Sleeping Beauty."

Before the incident, Jolie told The Associated Press that the El Capitan is like a local theater for herself, Pitt and their kids, who usually don't attend her premieres but did Wednesday night.

"Well, oddly, we usually go to the El Capitan, that's where we take the kids. That's the closest theater to us," Jolie said. "This is the first time they were able to come to mommy's premiere."

The man got to Pitt despite security that was heavy for a movie premiere, with guards keeping a large gap between the stars and the crowd.

Email messages left for representatives for Pitt and Disney were not immediately returned.

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