The Hollywood prankster who ambushed Brad Pitt and America Ferrera at red carpet events earlier this year has struck again after lunging at reality star Kim Kardashian as she arrived at a Paris Fashion Week show on Thursday.
Notorious former Ukrainian reporter Vitalii Sediuk was among the hundreds of fans and photographers who crowded around the Keeping Up With the Kardashians beauty’s SUV as it pulled up to the Balmain show with her husband Kanye West and her mother, Kris Jenner, inside.
When the reality star stepped out of the vehicle, Sediuk threw himself at her feet and attempted to pull her to the ground.
In video footage of the incident, obtained by TMZ, Kardashian’s security personnel rush to apprehend the man as the star can be heard screaming, “Stop it!”. She is then picked up by one bodyguard to save her from the prankster’s grasp as Jenner, who was standing behind her daughter, looks on in shock. West had exited from the other side of the vehicle.
Kardashian refused to let the attack disrupt her plans to attend the Balmain showcase and she calmly made her way into the venue with the help of her security guards.
The stars have yet to comment on the incident, which took place a day after Kardashian and West treated their one-year-old daughter North to her first fashion show. The family attended the Balenciaga womenswear spring/summer 2015 launch and watched from the front row.
Sediuk’s representatives have confirmed to The Wrap that the 25 year old was responsible for the attack.
He was sentenced to community service and psychological counselling after lunging at Pitt on the red carpet of his now-wife Angelina Jolie’s film Maleficent in May, two weeks after he was arrested for attempting to crawl under Ferrera’s dress on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sediuk, who is now a Paris-based model, recently discovered his name is on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection no-fly list as he attempted to board a flight from Istanbul, Turkey to Los Angeles.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “My flight was cancelled without any refund.”
FBI officials, who are responsible for adding names to the official no-fly list, could not comment on the story.