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Brad Pitt suffered a hit in the face by a Ukrainian serial prankster on the red carpet last night.
The actor was attending the Los Angeles premiere of partner Angelina Jolie's new film Maleficent when Vitalii Sediuk jumped over a crowd barrier and struck him.
Security instantly intervened as a violent scuffle broke out outside the El Capitan theatre and Sediuk was dragged to the floor and arrested.
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Attacked: Brad Pitt, right, looks shocked after a man attacked him on the red carpet at Maleficent
Surprise attack: The Ukranian reporter can be seen being arrested, left, while Brad is shielded by his security, right
Shocked: Brad was attacked despite the presence of his large array of security officers
Pitt, 50, who took the unusual step of attending the premiere with his five of his children, is understood not to have been seriously injured in the altercation.
The actor was not standing near Jolie when the attack happened - she was in another section greeting her fans.
Pitt was signing autographs when Sediuk, 25, rushed past barriers and hit him in the face.
Whether exactly this kind of attack had been the intention or not, is not clear.
Violent scuffle: Sediuk was wrestled to the ground by security, nearly losing his trousers in the process
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva said Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody
The red carpet prankster has targeted a series of stars in recent months
Within seconds six to seven security men wrestled him to the ground and Pitt was pulled back against the wall.
Sediuk was thrown to the ground and cuffed as he struggled, his red trousers were nearly pulled down in the fray.
Pitt kept greeting fans and walked into the theater.
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva said Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody on Wednesday night.
Best supporting man: Brad was there to escort his actress fiancée Angelina Jolie; who stars in Maleficent
A family affair: Angelina was joined by Brad Pitt and five of their six children, (L-R) Pax, Zahara, Knox, Shiloh and Maddox
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.
'Well, oddly, we usually go to the El Capitan, that's where we take the kids. That's the closest theater to us,' Jolie said. 'This is the first time they were able to come to mommy's premiere.'
Maleficent is Disney’s modern reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, and Jolie stars as its villain.
The couple’s five-year-old daughter, Vivienne, also stars in the movie as a young Princess Aurora.
However, while her twin brother Knox, along with Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh, joined their 38-year-old mother and father, the little actress skipped her red carpet moment
Sediuk is a serial red carpet pest and only last week tried to put his head up America Ferrera's skirt at the Cannes premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2.
In 2012, Hollywood's nice guy Will Smith angrily slapped Sediuk on the face after he tried to kiss him on the lips on the red carpet at the Men In Black 3 premiere.
Will managed to dodge two lunges, with each kiss landing on his cheek, before he pushed the professional fool away and gave him a limp tap on the face.
Unwanted guest: Last week Sediuk crashed the How To Train Your Dragon 2 red carpet Cannes premiere where he climbed under America Ferrera's dress, leaving the actress distressed
Footage showed the angry actor and rapper telling him: 'Hey man, what the hell is your problem?'
At the 2013 Grammys, he was arrested after crashing the stage just as Adele was about to receive her award.
Sediuk ran to the podium to accept the accolade from Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull before the Skyfall singer could get up the stairs and later spent the night in a police cell.
In January of this year, Bradley Cooper was surprised at the SAG awards when the journalist lunged at him.
He knelt and hugged the actor around his waist, putting his face in Bradley's crotch to the star's discomfort and embarrassment.
And at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, in February, Leonardo DiCaprio became the latest A-lister to fall victim to red carpet prankster. Sediuk, also grabbed the star around the waist in a similar move to what he did to Cooper.
However, DiCaprio did crack a nervous smile at the gag.
Sediuk wore a ridiculous mankini and gold chain while attempting to crash a fashion gala in New York earlier this month
Angry: In 2012, Hollywood's nice guy Will Smith angrily slapped Sediuk on the face after he tried to kiss him on the lips on the red carpet at the Men In Black 3 premiere
Crotch-grab: In January of this year, Bradley Cooper was surprised at the SAG awards when the journalist lunged at him and pushed his face into his crotch
Seeing the funny side: In February, Leonardo DiCaprio became the latest A-lister to fall victim to red carpet prankster, Sediuk, but he laughed it off