In Hollywood, it's easy to get swept up in big dreams of fame, wealth and recognition. Yet, beneath the surface of all of the glitz and glamour lie a number of uncomfortable truths that celebrities have to deal with on the daily. The lack of privacy is one of them.
Whether they are being trolled by savage social media users, followed relentlessly by paparazzi creepsters, being slayed for their slight weight-gain or scared to death by stalkers, an A-lister's life in 2016 sure ain't easy. In fact, it can even be downright terrifying.
And even though the majority of big names now employ hordes of bulky security men to keep them away from the dangerous souls of society, problems continue to arise when pesky fans seep in through the cracks. One of these problems is the Ukrainian TV personality and "Entertainment Hollywood Reporter" (as he calls himself on Instagram) who goes by the name of Vitalii Sediuk.
How this gentleman — or as Wikipedia has aptly put it, "celebrity harasser" — has not been put a stop to continues to boggle the mind. Below is an outline of some of the most notable times he's been a total a-hole to the rich and famous, starting with the most recent:
1. That time he tried to kiss Kim Kardashian's ass
If you know what's good for you, don't even think about touching Kimmy K. Partly because she is essentially the equivalent of American royalty and partly because she has the #BiggestBodyguardEver (officially named by TMZ, by the way) called Pascal Duvier as her hefty guardian and protector.
Now, perhaps because the condition of Vitalii Sediuk's brain cells weren't up to par this late September, he seemed to think it was okay to accost dear Kim and try to kiss her bulbous bottom as she was out and about in Paris. Apparently, he was protesting against her "use of fake butt implants." Yeah, right.
Thankfully, Queen K was fine and tweeted this following the incident, praising Pascal the Hulk:
It gets better though. After finding out that Kim was considering taking legal action against his breach of her personal space, he posted this revolting video of himself chomping on some chicken bones onto his own Instagram:
2. That time he grabbed Gigi Hadid and got swiftly smacked in the face
Similarly, last week Vitalii had the audacity to come up to supermodel, golden-child-of-the-century Gigi Hadid and actually grab her violently around the waist. Exiting a fashion show in Milan with her sister Bella, he ambushed the poor girl, immobilizing her limbs and making her shout out desperately for help.
Although visibly shaken, Gigi fought back with a combination of bad-ass martial arts moves before setting her security fiends out to find the coward, who had attempted to make a swift escape. She said afterwards:
"Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation."
The idiot later claimed that his motives behind the attack were due to his belief that Hadid is not a true high fashion model, which quite frankly, is the biggest load of bullshit anyone has ever heard. Here's the shocking footage:
3. That time he smeared his saliva on Miranda Kerr's face
In October 2015, he accosted model Miranda Kerr at the Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris, running up to her and thinking it was a totally normal thing to do to slobber all over her face. He was promptly escorted away.
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4. That time he thought it was okay to crawl under America Ferrera's skirt
Another time Vitalii chose to ignore acceptable boundaries of human contact was in May 2014, when he attended a red carpet event at Cannes Film Festival. As actress America Ferrera was having a lovely time and posing for photographs in her stunning gown, Sediuk crawled under her dress.
Understandably, the incident left poor America incredibly distraught and some even called for the miscreant to be charged with sexual assault.
5. That time he started on Brad Pitt and tried to sniff his crotch
Essentially, the guy needs to sort his life out and get a new hobby. Even as far back as 2014, he was running about like a headless chicken and trying to make celebrities feel as uncomfortable as possible. At the premiere of Maleficent, for reasons unknown, Sediuk bizarrely tried to bury his face in Brad Pitt's crotch.
Following the incident, which also saw the prankster break the actor's glasses, Pitt explained how it all went down:
"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. 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."
For his gross misconduct, Sediuk was held at Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, told to do community service and ordered to attend psychological counselling for a year. Sadly, as recent events have shown, none of the above managed to knock any sense into him.
6. That time he wrapped himself around Leonardo DiCaprio without asking
If you thought Brad Pitt was Vitalii's first collision with getting up and close with celebrity nether-bits, you're wrong.
A few months prior to that incident, Sediuk also grabbed DiCaprio when all poor Leo was trying to do was promote his new movie The Wolf of Wall Street at a film festival in February 2014. The harasser somehow snuck past security and tried to embrace the actor's legs, forcing him to guard his manhood until bodyguards peeled the Ukrainian journalist from him like the leech that he was clearly pretending to be.
Although the altercation certainly wasn't in Leo's plans for the evening, he managed to crack a smile anyway because he's a decent human being — something Vitalii Sediuk should probably have learned to be by now.