The notorious red carpet prankster who lunged at Kim Kardashian in Paris, France on Thursday targeted the reality TV star to protest a flight ban preventing him from entering the U.S.
Former Ukrainian reporter Vitalii Sediuk threw himself at the feet of Kanye West’s new wife as she exited a car to attend the Balmain showcase during Paris Fashion Week and attempted to pull her to the ground.
Security guards rushed the attacker and pulled him off the TV beauty, allowing her to make her way inside with West and her mother Kris Jenner.
Sediuk claimed responsibility for the prank through his representatives and he has now spoken out about the reasons for his actions.
The assailant, who is now a Paris-based model, recently discovered his name is on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection no-fly list after attempting to board a flight from Istanbul, Turkey to Los Angeles, and he decided to retaliate by ambushing Kardashian – but he didn’t mean to hurt the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star.
The 25-year-old tells the Daily Mail, “The prank with Kim was my protest that US banned me from entering the country…
“I hope Kim is OK and won’t be mad at me as I didn’t mean any harm. Kanye is one lucky man as Kim is a goddess!”
FBI chiefs, who are responsible for adding names to the official no-fly list, have yet to comment on story, but Sediuk’s latest celebrity prank occurred four months after he was sentenced to community service for striking Brad Pitt at the Hollywood launch of Maleficent in May. He was also arrested two weeks prior to the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France, where he attempted to crawl under America Ferrera’s dress.
The troublemaker previously made headlines in 2012, when he was slapped by Will Smith after he attempted to kiss the actor, and he was placed on probation after he was arrested for crashing the stage at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he ran onstage and grabbed the microphone from Jennifer Lopez as she presented soul star Adele with the Best Pop Solo prize.