Brian To / WENN
Actor Brad Pitt suffered a hit in the face by a Ukrainian serial prankster on the red carpet.
The actor was among guests at the Los Angeles premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new movie Maleficent, when Vitalii Sediuk jumped over a gate and struck him.
Fifty-year old Pitt, who took the unusual step of attending the premiere with his children, was not seriously injured in the altercation.
The actor was signing autographs when Sediuk, 25-year old, rushed through barriers and hit him in the face.
Whether this was the intention or not, is not clear. Within seconds security put him to the ground and the actor was pulled back against the wall.
Sediuk was thrown to the ground and cuffed as he struggled. His red trousers were almost pulled down.
Pitt kept greeting fans and just walked into the theater.
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva said Pitt was not seriously injured and authorities subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody on Wednesday night.
Sediuk is now being held pending payment of $20,000 bail.
“The officers who were handling him said it looked like it was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined,” said Sergeant Leonard Calderon for LAPD Hollywood. Before the incident, Jolie said that the El Capitan is like a local theatre for herself, Pitt and their children who usually do not attend her premieres but did Wednesday night.