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Journalist held after Pitt incident

Published 29/05/2014 | 17:47

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A man is led off in handcuffs after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt at the world premiere of Maleficent in Los Angeles (AP)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of Maleficent (AP)

A man arrested after rushing up and touching Brad Pitt on a Hollywood red carpet is a Ukrainian journalist with a history of getting too close to celebrities.

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Police said Vitalii Sediuk was jailed on suspicion of misdemeanour battery before the premiere of the movie Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.

After touching Pitt, Sediuk was wrestled away by security guards and led off in handcuffs.

Pitt kept greeting fans and walked into the theatre.

In February the 25-year-old Sediuk was cited for trespassing after grabbing the microphone before Adele accepted an award at the Grammys. Last year, Will Smith slapped Sediuk after he tried to kiss him on a red carpet.

Sediuk is being held in lieu of 20,000 US dollars bail.

Pitt's long-term 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 theatre for herself, Pitt and their kids, who usually don't attend her premieres.

"Well, oddly, we usually go to the El Capitan, that's where we take the kids. That's the closest theatre 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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