Brad Pitt's attacker appears in court

Published Friday, 30 May 2014
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Brad Pitt's accused attacker Vitalii Sediuk has been sentenced to 20 days of community service after pleading no contest to striking the actor during the Hollywood premiere of Maleficent.

Brad Pitt's attacker appears in court

The Ukrainian reporter was arrested after allegedly jumping over a security barrier at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday and lunging at the movie star, appearing to strike him in the face.

He was held on $20,000 (£12,500) bail and on Friday morning, he was slapped with misdemeanour charges of battery, assault, unlawful activity at a sporting event, theatrical or exhibition and unlawful delay or interference of a sporting event, theatrical or exhibition.

He appeared before a Los Angeles judge hours later and pleaded no contest to battery and unlawful activity at a sporting event, theatrical or exhibition - and escaped with a relatively light punishment.

Sediuk was given the option of serving 30 days behind bars or 20 days of community labour, and he chose the latter, reports TMZ.

He was also handed 36 months probation and ordered to pay $220 (£138) in fines, while the judge also barred him from attending any future Hollywood events by banning him from going within 100 yards of the Staples Center and the L.A. Live complex, where the Grammy Awards are held.

In addition, the notorious red carpet prankster must stay away from the Hollywood and Highland shopping centre, where Wednesday's alleged attack took place, and keep his distance from Pitt and his fiancee, Maleficent star Angelina Jolie.

He was released from police custody later on Friday.

Sediuk has become infamous for causing chaos on the red carpet - he previously made headlines in 2012, when he was slapped by Will Smith after he attempted to kiss the actor, and he was placed on probation after he was arrested for crashing the stage at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he ran onstage and grabbed the microphone from Jennifer Lopez as she presented soul star Adele with the Best Pop Solo prize.

The 25-year-old troublemaker was also taken into custody at the recent Cannes Film Festival in France as he tried to crawl under America Ferrera's dress.

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