Serial red carpet harasser Vitalii Sediuk may think of himself as a harmless prankster, but his latest victim, Brad Pitt, has another term for him: "Nutter."

Pitt opened up for the first time this week about his bizarre interaction with the former Ukranian journalist, who rushed at Pitt while the actor was walking the red carpet at the "Maleficent" premiere last week. In a statement given to People, Pitt (who took out an emergency order of protection against Sediuk) recalled the strange version of events.

"I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me," Pitt said. "I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head – not too hard – but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses."

That account lines up with what other news outlets reported at the time of the altercation, which indicated that Pitt had been punched in the face by Sediuk. It seems that rather than strike Pitt, Sediuk was trying to repeat the bizarre ritual he'd already performed on Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio, and his flailing after he was apprehended is what caused him to get in the actor's face. (Not that that makes it much better.)

As for that serial misbehavior -- which, before the incident with Pitt, occurred most recently at the Cannes Film Festival when Sediuk stuck his head underneath actress America Ferrera's dress -- Pitt didn't mince words when he said that Sediuk's antics wouldn't be tolerated anymore.

"I don't mind an exhibitionist," Pitt told People, "but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd. And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman's dress again, he's going to get stomped."

[via People, h/t Vulture]

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