Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk, who nearly shoved Kim Kardashian to the ground outside the Balmain fashion show in Paris earlier this week, has spoken up about the incident.
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, told The Hollywood Reporter: “I had a feeling that Kim would show up there because she is friends with the designer of Balmain.”
“I basically came there just for them. I knew they were going to be the biggest guest of the night.”
“If it was Kanye West, I would have done it like I did it with Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio,” the prankster added.
Vitalii Sediuk nearly shoved Kim Kardashian to the ground outside the Balmain fashion show in Paris (photo Instagram)
“But with Kim Kardashian, I was very cautious because I know she is a woman – so I kind of hugged her legs. I already had a bad experience with America Ferrara. It’s different with men.”
In May, Vitalii Sediuk tried to crawl under America Ferrera’s dress as she posed with her How to Train Your Dragon 2 cast at the Cannes Film festival.
Vitalii Sediuk admits the stunts don’t bring him any income, but he does like the attention.
“I like the show business world. But it’s obviously not my intention to offend someone. It looks like I’m a monster, but I’m a normal guy. Well, what I’m doing isn’t normal – but I don’t have bad intentions,” he told the publication.
“I’m already banned in America. I could be banned in the European Union next. I hope I will not be.”
Vitalii Sediuk also noted that no police were on hand at the time during his interaction with Kim Kardashian.
“Maybe they were looking for that. Because those pictures look like you are a God coming from the cross amid millions of fans and photographers,” he said.
Kim Kardashian was apparently jostled by someone waiting in a large crowd outside her car at a Paris Fashion Week event on September 25.
Kim Kardashian, 33, had just exited her car at the posh Hotel Salomon de Rothschild when the kerfuffle erupted around 3 p.m.
In a video posted on TMZ.com, Kim Kardashian appears to stumble briefly after a person lunges towards her feet. Bodyguards instantly push Kim Kardashian out of the way and subdue someone who remains off camera.
Kim Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner can be seen yelling: “Stop it!”
Kim Kardashian was apparently jostled by someone waiting in a large crowd outside her car at a Paris Fashion Week event on September 25 (photo Instagram)
Vitalii Sediuk, a former Ukrainian television reporter, told The Associated Press in an email that he is the person in the video, and that he’d only been trying to hug the star.
A representative for Kim Kardashian, Ina Treciokas, said the reality star had no comment about the incident.
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, has gained a reputation for outlandish pranks on red carpets in Moscow, Los Angeles and Cannes.
In May 2014, Vitalii Sediuk was arrested and spent two days in jail after jostling with Brad Pitt at a film premiere in Los Angeles. He also crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress at a film premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
It appears Angelina Jolie remained unfazed by Vitalii Sediuk’s attack on Brad Pitt last week as she said that her security arrangements will not change following the red-carpet incident.
“People like that are an exception to the rule,” she told the Associated Press.
“Most fans are just wonderful.”
Brad Pitt previously told People magazine Vitalii Sediuk was a “nutter” after attacking him at the premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new movie, Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie has said her security arrangements will not change following Vitalii Sediuk’s red carpet prank on Brad Pitt (photo Walt Disney Company)
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend counseling.
He pleaded no contest to battery and unlawful activity charges after the incident on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian TV presenter was also ordered to stay away from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Angelina Jolie is in Shanghai to promote Maleficent, in which she plays the villain from Sleeping Beauty.
When asked if the incident had made the couple more wary of fans, Angelina Jolie said: “No, no… we’ve had a wonderful experience over the years and are very grateful for their support and it will not change the way we behave.”
Angelina Jolie told the press conference she was proud of the way Brad Pitt had handled the situation: “He is fine. He was fine that night. He’s a very strong man and he handled the situation perfectly, so he’s good.”
Brad Pitt spoke out about his encounter with red-carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk.
“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,” Brad Pitt explained to People magazine.
Vitalii Sediuk accosted Brad Pitt at the world premiere of Maleficent in Hollywood
“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 c**ch, 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.”
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, was wrestled away by security and quickly arrested. He spent two days in jail before pleading no contest to battery and unlawful activity at an entertainment event and received three years probation and one year of psychiatric counseling.
“I’m a normal guy,” he told The Associated Press, insisting that he merely wanted to hug Brad Pitt, not his swimsuit area, since children were present on the red carpet. “I’m not crazy.”
Brad Pitt clearly has his doubts: “If this guy keeps it up he’s going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd. And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman’s dress again, he’s going to get stomped.”