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Brad Pitt suffered a hit to the face by a Ukrainian serial prankster on the red carpet last night.
The actor was attending the Los Angeles premiere of partner Angelina Jolie's new film Maleficent when Vitalii Sediuk jumped over a crowd barrier and struck him, breaking the star's sunglasses.
Security instantly intervened as a violent scuffle broke out outside the El Capitan theatre and Sediuk was dragged to the floor and arrested.
An emergency restraining order has been issued against Sediuk as it is now being reported that he broke the glasses that Pitt was wearing to the Wednesday evening premiere.
TMZ reports that Sediuk struck Pitt in the face and 'destroyed' the sunglasses he was wearing.
In the footage from the scene, Pitt is seen wearing sunglasses when the gate crasher lunges at him, and Pitt bends down amid the scuffle. Moments later when security guards step in, Pitt re-emerges without the glasses on his face.
Pitt, 50, who took the unusual step of attending the premiere with his five of his children, is understood not to have been seriously injured in the altercation.
That hasn't stopped a judge from taking legal precautions, however, as Sediuk has been ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from Pitt for the next five days.
The actor was not standing near Jolie when the attack happened - she was in another section greeting her fans.
Pitt was signing autographs when Sediuk, 25, rushed past barriers and hit him in the face.
Whether exactly this kind of attack had been the intention or not, is not clear.
Violent scuffle: Sediuk was wrestled to the ground by security, nearly losing his trousers in the process
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva said Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody
The red carpet prankster has targeted a series of stars in recent months
Within seconds six to seven security men wrestled him to the ground and Pitt was pulled back against the wall.
Sediuk was thrown to the ground and cuffed as he struggled, his red trousers were nearly pulled down in the fray.
Pitt kept greeting fans and walked into the theater.
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva said Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued Sediuk, who was arrested for misdemeanor battery and remained in police custody on Wednesday night.
Best supporting man: Brad was there to escort his actress fiancée Angelina Jolie; who stars in Maleficent
A family affair: Angelina was joined by Brad Pitt and five of their six children, (L-R) Pax, Zahara, Knox, Shiloh and Maddox
Sediuk is now being held pending payment of $20,000 bail.
'The officers who were handling him said it looked like it was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined,' said Sergeant Leonard Calderon for LAPD Hollywood.
Before the incident, Jolie said that the El Capitan is like a local theatre for herself, Pitt and their children who usually do not attend her premieres but did Wednesday night.
'Well, oddly, we usually go to the El Capitan, that's where we take the kids. That's the closest theater to us,' Jolie said. 'This is the first time they were able to come to mommy's premiere.'
Maleficent is Disney’s modern reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, and Jolie stars as its villain.
The couple’s five-year-old daughter, Vivienne, also stars in the movie as a young Princess
However, while her twin brother Knox, along with Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh, joined their 38-year-old mother and father, the little actress skipped her red carpet moment
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