A man who was arrested after police said he rushed and touched Brad Pitt at the premiere of the Angelina Jolie movie “Maleficent” is a former Ukrainian journalist with a history of getting too close to celebrities, The Associated Press reports.
Vitalii Sediuk was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of misdemeanor battery at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and was held in lieu of $20,000 bail, police said.
Sediuk has previously crossed the line with celebrities, most recently rushing America Ferrara on a red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival and crawling under her dress.
He crashed the 2013 Grammy Awards and was arrested after he went onstage and grabbed a microphone before Adele accepted an award. He pleaded no contest to trespassing and remains on probation.
In 2012, Will Smith slapped Sediuk after he tried to kiss him on a red carpet, and he drew Madonna’s ire a year earlier by presenting her a bouquet of flowers.
In the latest incident, Sediuk is accused of jumping over a barrier in a fan area and rushing at Pitt along the red carpet, touching him briefly before security guards wrestled Sediuk away in handcuffs.
Pitt is not taking any chances.
E! News has learned that the actor has been granted an emergency protective order against Sediuk. The protective orders are issued by police and good for five days, so the actor will be forced to take go to court should he want a longer temporary restraining order.
In most cases, an emergency protective order is only issues when circumstances present the possibility of imminent and immediate danger to the victim.
LAPD confirmed that they asked Pitt if he would like one issued for him shortly after the scary ordeal, which he understandably accepted.
A spokesperson from the film studio tells E! News, "This was an unfortunate and inappropriate incident that is being investigated by the LAPD."
Police could only confirm that he made contact with Pitt and could not classify it further. Pitt was apparently unhurt and resumed signing autographs before walking into the theater.
The first season of Netflix's acclaimed prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black” was marked by its breakout ensemble cast, but few of its overnight stars have done as much with their newfound fame as Laverne Cox, a trans actress who has become one of the faces of the transgender movement.
Speaking to People at the Opportunity Agenda's Creative Change Awards, Cox discussed her activism and gave a hint of what fans can expect from her character in the show's upcoming second season, which premieres June 6.
"We see different sides of Sophia that we didn't see in season one," she explained. "She's more carefree."
Sophia's story lines in the first season often revolved around her relationship with the show's ostensible lead, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), as well as her battle with prison authorities over her hormone medication. The second season, Cox says, will broaden this focus.
"We've seen Sophia as a confidante, but now we see her as a teacher and as a friend. We see the depths of her other relationships."
Though she's the subject of a recent TIME cover story on transgender activism, Cox says she doesn't particularly try to play Sophia as a trailblazer.
"That's for other people to decide," she said. "I'm just an actor who's happy to be working."
And working she is – Cox says she's "exhausted" from all the projects that have popped up in the wake of Orange Is the New Black's success. She's producing a documentary called “Trans Teen” for MTV and in the process of writing a memoir for Harlequin.
Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” has been pulled into a lawsuit over songs on an album he released in 1970, the AP reports.
The dispute centers on the ownership of the songs on “Cold Fact” and contracts between Rodriguez and two music companies.
Gomba Music Inc. is suing Interior Music Corp. in Detroit federal court, claiming it owns the copyright to the songs penned by Rodriguez, not Interior. The lawsuit says the musician concealed his writing role to sidestep a publishing agreement he had with Gomba.
Interior in response blames Rodriguez for the legal problems and named him Wednesday as a third-party defendant in the case.
A message was left Thursday with Rodriguez’s lawyer.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the lawsuit.
A former president and the Queen of Soul have received honorary degrees from Harvard University, the AP reports.
George H.W. Bush, Aretha Franklin and six others were honored at Thursday’s commencement.
Harvard President Drew Faust poked fun at the 89-year-old Bush’s Yale University credentials, saying his “cap was blue, his house was white and now his robe is crimson,” but added that Bush “piloted our nation though changeful skies.”
Bush smiled and gestured to the crowd as he received the doctor of laws degree, but he did not stand.
The 72-year-old Franklin accompanied herself on piano to perform the national anthem. She later received an honorary doctor of arts degree.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also received an honorary degree.
Harvard awarded more than 7,300 degrees and certificates at its 363rd commencement.
Its guitars were played by rock legends from Jimi Hendrix to Bruce Springsteen. Now, Fender’s board of directors is looking like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, too, the AP reports.
The guitar maker says it is adding Bono and The Edge of rock band U2 to its board.
The company says the two will add to the board because of their longtime experience in music and entertainment. The move also adds to the brand’s rock credibility.
Fender, majority owned by investment firm TPG Growth, was formed in 1946. It is known for its iconic guitars, including the Stratocaster and Telecaster.
More musicians are being brought into the corporate world to bolster brands. Apple acquired Beats Electronics partly to add the cachet of hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre.