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Ukrainian prankster gets probation for Brad Pitt attack

Published on May 31, 2014 9:41 AM
Vitalii Sediuk, a 25-year-old Ukrainian TV reporter, appears in an east Los Angeles courthouse for arraignment in Los Angeles, California on May 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A notorious Ukrainian prankster who attacked Brad Pitt at a Hollywood red carpet event was put on three years' probation on Friday, after pleading no contest to two charges against him.

Vitalii Sediuk was also given 20 days of community labour and ordered to undergo psychological counselling and stay away from future red-carpet or celebrity events, two days after the incident.

The 25-year-old was ordered to remain at least 500 yards (460m) away from Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie, and stay away from the Hollywood & Highland Centre - the home of the Academy Awards.

Sediuk, who knocked Pitt's sunglasses off at the premiere of Jolie's new film Maleficent, pleaded no contest to charges of battery and unlawful activity at a theatrical event.

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