Prankster Vitalii Sediuk Talks Past Stunts, Avoiding Jail Time (Video)
Speaking exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter after he crashed the 2013 Grammys, the Ukrainian reporter said he tries "to entertain and to show a different emotion of celebrities … I just think differently."
Infamous Hollywood prankster Vitalii Sediuk is back in the news again after attacking Brad Pitt at Wednesday night's Maleficent premiere in Hollywood.
Sediuk is still in jail, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department database, where his bail has been set at $20,000. A temporary emergency restraining order was also issued against Sediuk, the LAPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, requiring him to stay away from Pitt for a few days.
But before he went after Pitt last night, Sediuk has made headlines for stunts ranging from kissing Will Smith on the red carpet at another premiere to hiding under America Ferrera's skirt at Cannes earlier this month to crashing the 2013 Grammys.
After he stormed the Grammy stage, pretending to accept an award on Adele's behalf, Sediuk spoke to The Hollywood Reporter exclusively about how he pulled off the stunt.
The Ukrainian TV reporter told THR that he went to the show with friends who had tickets after his channel failed to get credentialed. He then interviewed stars on the red carpet and walked in after Katy Perry, with no one asking to see a ticket.
“They didn’t check how many we had, so I was let in," Sediuk explained. "First I went to the media line and interviewed quite a few celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman.… Then I just followed one girl in a green dress through the [Staples Center] gates. They checked my pockets but never asked to see a ticket. Only once I was inside the building did I realize, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Katy Perry!’”
Sediuk nabbed an empty seat in the second row, which he told THR may have belonged to Adam Levine, since the Maroon 5 singer was sitting on the ground while Sediuk was surrounded by the likes of Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Sting.
Although Sediuk planned to crash the Grammys, he told THR he hadn't planned to make an appearance onstage, but when Adele won an award for best pop solo performance, inspiration struck.
"The idea to go on the stage came up at the last second," the prankster explained. "To be honest, Adele is my favorite singer. So when I heard her name, I came up with this idea to go up on the stage and say what I said.… I pretended this was an award for me, and then I said, 'Thank you, Adele. You’re my inspiration.'”
Presenter Jennifer Lopez forced him offstage, and Sediuk was ultimately arrested and spent the night in jail.
VIDEO: Grammys Crasher Jailed for On-Stage Adele Stunt
Sediuk said the stunt was just his way of having fun with the stars.
"My purpose is to entertain and to show a different emotion of celebrities," Sediuk said, adding, "I’m not a crazy guy. I just think differently."
(Watch Sediuk explain his Grammy stunt in the videos at the top and bottom of this post.)
Earlier, Sediuk expressed a similar sentiment when he spoke to THR about his Will Smith smooch.
“I don’t give a damn. I do what I do,” he said. "You have to know how to entertain.”
He added that he thought his mistake in that instance was "too much love"
Following the Grammys incident, Sediuk was charged with trespassing and subsequently avoided a six-month jail term, provided he stayed out of trouble -- and L.A. Live -- after reaching a plea deal.
Sediuk broke his silence following his June 20, 2013, hearing in that case by talking to THR's Seth Abramovitch.
"I’m still alive, as you can see, still smiling," he said.
At the time, Sediuk didn't seem bothered by the part of his agreement that he never again set foot on the premises of L.A. Live, the entertainment complex that houses the Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre.
"Let’s be honest, there are only two major events in L.A. Live: the Emmys and Grammys. I think I can survive not attending those two events. There’s so much happening in Los Angeles," Sediuk told THR.
He added that he was thinking of a way to cover the Emmys, but last year's ceremony seemed to go off without any noticeable stunts from the troublemaker.
Still, he's already crashed the Oscars, walking the red carpet at the 2013 ceremony wearing a replica of Bjork's swan dress.
"I wanted to protest in an entertaining way, so I took a limo to the Oscars," he told THR at the time. "Right away, [police] detained me and asked for Academy representatives. They said, 'Are you the same guy who crashed the Grammys?' and I said yes."
He added: "Representatives from the Academy came and told them to arrest me. But the police said that this was a protest, and so they didn't have the evidence to arrest me."
The Maleficent premiere took place at the El Capitan Theatre, which isn't part of L.A. Live, but it's unclear whether his latest run-in with the law will affect his earlier plea deal.
"He pled no contest and it was a deferred entry of judgment," Sediuk's lawyer, Anthony Willoughby, told THR about his client's Grammy deal. "If he stays clean for three years, he'll be able to withdraw his plea and the charges will be dismissed."