A man arrested after rushing up and touching Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie Maleficent is a Ukrainian journalist with a history of getting too close to celebrities.
Los Angeles Police Officer Sally Madera identified the suspect Thursday as Vitalii Sediuk. He was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of misdemeanor battery at the El Capitan Theatre and was held on $20,000 bail. TMZ.com reports that a temporary emergency restraining order prohibits Sediuk from coming within 500 feet from Pitt, who attended the premiere with wife Angelina Jolie and five of their children, for the next five days.
Witnesses saw the man from the fan area jump over a barrier onto the red carpet and rush at Pitt, touching him briefly before security guards wrestled him back across the barrier. He was led away in handcuffs.
After the assault
Actress AnnaLynne McCord says a sexual assault when she was 18 pushed her to the brink of suicide.
In a first-person article published in the July issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, the Dallas and 90210 star, 26, says she is speaking out to help other women who suffer in silence.
In the article, McCord says she had moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career when a friend who was staying in her apartment overnight raped her as she slept. She did not identify him.
Nia Vardalos has confirmed she’s writing a sequel for her hit comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, People.com reports.
“I’m working on the MBFGWedding sequel; now that I’m experiencing motherhood I feel ready to write this next chapter,” Vardalos, 51, Tweeted. “A few jaded press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true.”
George Michael’s spokeswoman says the singer is “resting” after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Sun newspaper reported Thursday that ambulances were called to Michael’s London home on May 22 and the former Wham! singer was taken to a hospital. He was discharged over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Us Weekly reports that once-troubled star Amanda Bynes looked “fit and healthy” leaving a training session at Cardio Barre in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The She’s the Man actress, 28, was smiling when she left the studio, used by many celebrities.