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Man arrested on red carpet says he never hit Pitt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The ex-journalist who was arrested after jostling with Brad Pitt on a red carpet last week said Monday he was merely trying to give the actor a hug and didn't mean him any harm.

Vitalli Sediuk, a former Ukranian television reporter, told The Associated Press in an interview that was in a fan area of the event that was open to the public when he went in to give the actor a hug. Sediuk, 25, has gained a reputation for outlandish pranks on red carpets in Moscow, Los Angeles and last month, at the Cannes Film Festival when he crawled underneath America Ferrera's dress at a film premiere.

His contact with Pitt, which caused the actor to lose balance while he was signing autographs at the "Maleficent" film premiere on Wednesday, led to Sediuk's arrest. He spent two days in jail before pleading no contest to battery and unlawful activity at a sporting or entertainment event and was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and a year's worth of psychiatric counseling.

"I'm a normal guy," Sediuk said. "I'm not crazy."

The former Ukranian journalist, who has hugged the crotches of Bradley Cooper and Leonardo Di Caprio and crashed the 2013 Grammy Awards said the primary purpose for his pranks is entertainment. "I'm doing this for fun," he said.

Sediuk has been fired by the Ukrainian television station 1+1 and said he does not know what his next steps will be. He said he intends to spend the next few months focusing on fulfilling his sentence in the Pitt incident, which include community service and a restraining order preventing him from going near Hollywood events.

He said he would like to remain in the entertainment field, working as a movie director or appearing in a reality show, and would continue work as a journalist - if anyone will hire him.

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kruenterpnocppm June 02 2014 at 2:38 PM

He is just another nobody that wants to be somebody.

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siouxmurphy June 02 2014 at 2:40 PM

Yep...all the men I know crawl under complete strangers dresses. Completely normal...yes.

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Von Holtz siouxmurphy June 03 2014 at 1:51 PM

Yep, It's been shown in random interviews with mature males, that 95% of them would have performed the same feat, if they would not have been caught :) .

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garykuz June 02 2014 at 2:53 PM

Will someone "PLEASE" throw this joke in the slammer and then deport him stripping of any chance of entry in to the USA. He is nothing but a jerk looking for a minute of fame at other peoples expense...

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sdwood June 02 2014 at 3:27 PM


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sandinbox sdwood June 02 2014 at 9:27 PM

he's in France, america can't deport him you idiot...why do you even comment you don't even know where you are.

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fchyn sdwood June 03 2014 at 12:11 AM

Deport him to the USA that is where this person belongs, with all the weirdos that live there!

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KING RAZAR fchyn June 03 2014 at 2:29 PM

And France, Egnland, etc; doesn't have "weirdos." A lot or most European males are somewhat Jelly Wristed. Even the "normal" ones are pretty light in the heels.

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palnicki June 02 2014 at 2:30 PM

Have you ever heard a crazy man insist that he is just normal? You have in this case.

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adamswriter palnicki June 02 2014 at 2:51 PM

the ones who are crazy will never admit they are crazy

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keslb palnicki June 02 2014 at 6:40 PM

Do you remember the movie Catch-22? Funny movie but if you said you were crazy then you couldnt be. If you said you were normal then you were prolly crazy! Your comment just made me think of the movie.

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JUDY June 02 2014 at 3:32 PM


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mholl38136 June 02 2014 at 3:27 PM

The machine does not know it is broke

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madfam004 June 02 2014 at 4:29 PM

Why is any one giving this nut job any press time?

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liondog96 June 02 2014 at 2:37 PM

Thanks to these clowns celebrities can't even leave their homes. My father-n-law worked for Wilson Sporting and back in 1972 he walked right into the Super Bowl Champions' locker room and had ever player sign his football. Good luck trying that today.

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sandinbox liondog96 June 02 2014 at 9:29 PM

whine, whine, whine, oh those poor millionaires I feel so sorry for them. They can't even leave their homes without getting all that media attention which helps them make more money. Boohoo...don't cry for me Argentina...poor celebrities. I really feel for them. Most of you commenting here a suck hole clowns.

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Victoria liondog96 June 03 2014 at 12:08 PM

The way I see it, when you dance we always have to pay the band. There is a price tag on everything in life. It is nice to have the fame, fortune and so forth...but for a big price...I am sorry to say

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Kenny June 02 2014 at 3:12 PM

BS.......... a mental case...........

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Bon Jour people Kenny June 03 2014 at 7:53 PM

LMAO!!!! He is not a Mental Case. Let me introduce my ex to you. She is a CERTIFIED Mental Case. That no pill, can cure her ill.

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