Brad Pitt has obtained a temporary restraining order against Ukrainian serial celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who attacked him at the premiere of "Maleficent."
Sediuk, a 25-year-old TV reporter, was arrested for misdemeanor assault and jailed on a $20,000 bond following the incident, which occurred on Wednesday. He had jumped a barrier at the premiere of the movie, whose star is Pitt's partner Angelina Jolie, and "inadvertently" struck the actor, police said.
Los Angeles police said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Friday, May 30, that Pitt was granted an emergency protective order against Sediuk, which dictates the reporter must keep at least 500 feet away from him. The order is valid for five days and can be extended later.
Sediuk, who has not commented about the incident, has in the past ambushed celebrities such as Will Smith, Bradley Cooper and most recently, America Ferrera at the Cannes Film Festival in France. He crawled under her dress and was thrown out by security. In 2013, he was put on probation until 2016 after rushing on stage at the Grammys and grabbing a microphone from winner Adele.
Sediuk is set to appear in court over the Pitt ambush, although no time has been set. His publicist said on Thursday she has severed ties with him and he has also been fired from Ukrainian TV station 1+1, for whom he has worked as an entertainment reporter for years.
A network spokesperson, Galyna Grubliak, told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement that Sediuk "no longer represents the interests of the company," adding that his "prank" on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival was his "personal initiative" and that "the journalist did not report his plans to the channel's editorial office."
"1+1 Media Company is sorry for the inconvenience caused to the American actress America Ferrera by the journalist's behavior," she said. "Such behavior of the journalist is contrary to the values of the company and notions of journalistic ethics."