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Who Is Vitalii Sediuk, the ‘Journalist’ Who Attacked Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian? A Timeline of His ‘Pranks’

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: Vitalii Sediuk Ukrainian Tv reporter arrested at the World Premiere of Disney's
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: Vitalii Sediuk Ukrainian Tv reporter arrested at the World Premiere of Disney’s “Maleficent” at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

When you hear that someone attacked Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian in Milan and Paris, your first instinct is to wonder if they are okay (they are!), and your second is to wonder who would do such a thing. Apparently it was another in a long line of stunts by Vitalii Sediuk. The now 27-year-old Sediuk first moved to this country to work as a correspondent for the Ukrainian channel 1+1, but quickly became better known for his “pranks,” which could be best described as Borat without the wit or satire, but with much more of a desire to be famous. Here is a brief rundown of his behavior:

September 2011: Sediuk, saying he is a fan, hands Madonna hydrangeas at a press event. Madonna, not realizing she’s miked up, whispers, “absolutely loathes hydrangeas.” As Sediuk had hoped, this clip went viral; he knew Madonna hated and was allergic to that type of flower.

May 2012: Sediuk tries to kiss Will Smith at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3. Smith slaps him.

February 2013: Sediuk crashed the Grammy Awards ceremony, sitting in Adam Levine’s seat when the singer showed up late. While Adele was accepting her award for Best Solo Performance, Sediuk jumped up onstage and got shooed away by Jennifer Lopez. As a result, he was banned from L.A. Live, a massive complex home to the Staples Center, the Nokia Theatre, and many big events. He was able to avoid up to six months of jail time, thanks to a lawyer. His attorney Anthony Willoughby told The Hollywood Reporter, “If he stays clean for three years, he’ll be able to withdraw his plea and the charges will be dismissed.”

February 2013: Sediuk tried and failed to crash the Oscars wearing a very timely swan dress and carrying a bucket of fake Oscar statues. The police stopped him before he could get on the red carpet.

January 2014: On the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet, Sediuk grabbed onto Bradley Cooper’s leg like a koala bear.

February 2014: Always keeping it fresh, he did the exact same thing to Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

May 2014: Wearing his influences on his sleeve, Sediuk wore a pink version of the Borat bathing suit and tried to crash the Met Gala.

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May 2014: At the Cannes premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Sediuk crawled under America Ferrera’s gown.


May 2014: Sediuk misinterpreted Fight Club and punched Brad Pitt at the Maleficent premiere in Los Angeles.

September 2014: At Paris Fashion Week, Sediuk tackled Kim Kardashian and knocked her to the ground. He addressed the attack in a statement, saying, “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!”

September 2014: Wearing a thong and gold-sequin top, Sediuk jumped Ciara and hugged her shortly before a fashion show in Paris.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Ukrainian journalist/prankster Vitalii Sediuk targets Singer Ciara with his latest celebrity prank as she arrives at Valentino Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week, Womenswear SS 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images) Photo: Jacopo Raule/GC Images/Getty Images

October 2015: Sediuk tries to ambush Anna Wintour during Paris Fashion Week. She swiftly shuts him down. Later, he tried to give Miranda Kerr a kiss. She was equally unamused.

Miranda Kerr and Ukrainian journalist / prankster Vitalii Sediuk attending the Louis Vuitton fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Corbis via Getty Images) Photo: Zak Hussein/Corbis via Getty Images

September 2016: Sediuk grabs Gigi Hadid as she leaves the Max Mara show in Milan. She gives him a swift elbow to the face. He later claims it was “a form of protest” against the tabloid nature of the fashion industry. Sure.

September 2016: At Paris Fashion Week, Sediuk targeted Kardashian yet again, running up to her from behind and kissing her left butt cheek. He was quickly intercepted by Kim’s pro security team.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at ‘L’Avenue’ restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images) Photo: Marc Piasecki/GC Images/Getty Images

Sediuk says he wants to become an actor and director. Here is a trailer for a short film he made based on his experience with Madonna.

He is the worst.

Who Is Gigi Hadid’s Attacker, Vitalii Sediuk?