Oscars Red Alert: Red-Carpet Crasher Vitalii Sediuk Is Back in L.A.
He's been taken off the no-fly list and hopes to infiltrate the highest-security Oscars in history.
He's back, and he's bearded.
Vitalii Sediuk -- the scourge of A-list celebrities and the security personnel hired to protect them -- has returned to Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Ukrainian prankster, whose most recent headline-grabbing stunt involved tackling Kim Kardashian's legs at a Paris fashion event in Sept. 2014, arrives with a mission: to test the effectiveness of security at this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
A repeat red-carpet offender, Sediuk fled to Europe after ambushing Brad Pitt at the Maleficent premiere last May, a stunt that earned him a restraining order and several nights in jail. Later efforts to return to the U.S. were thwarted when Sediuk was added to a no-fly list by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
This time, however, Sediuk was cleared for arrival. He comes to L.A. to undergo 52 psychological counseling sessions, ordered by the presiding judge in the Pitt case. But it would also appear that he is back to his old ways.
Fired by his former employer, Ukraine's 1+1 TV, after leaping beneath America Ferrera's dress at Cannes, Sediuk has found a new gig with the Ukrainian music channel M1. He tells THR that he is currently shooting a reality show for the network that will follow him as he attempts to infiltrate the highest-security Oscars in history.
"We came up with an idea to try to crash the Oscars in an entertaining way and prove that the presence of hundreds of security guys doesn't guarantee safety," Sediuk says.
In the past, Sediuk has walked away from his stunts with bruises and scrapes. This time, however, things could turn out far more dire: SWAT snipers, undercover agents and police dogs will be stationed throughout the area surrounding Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, in addition to 600 uniformed cops, all on the lookout for potential threats.
In the past, Sediuk has gotten as far as onstage, standing alongside Jennifer Lopez and Adele at the 2013 Grammys. His Oscars track-record isn't as successful: that same year, he tried to infiltrate the ceremony in a Bjork swan dress. Police had been handed out print-outs of his photo by the Academy, however, and nabbed him at a checkpoint. (He got off with a warning.)
But this time around he's going incognito, hiding behind facial hair and shades. Consider yourselves warned.