Brad Pitt, the famed actor, was attacked on Wednesday evening. The incident happened while the actor was signing autographs for fans on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the motion picture “Maleficent.” After the incident, in which Pitt was not hurt, a man was taken away in handcuffs by authorities, according to a Yahoo! News report on Wednesday. The specific location of the attack was on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, where the attacker jumped over a barrier to reach Pitt.
Update: Since the incident occurred, it has been learned that the man who dove over the line at Pitt was Ukranian journalist Vitalii Sediuk. Also, Pitt has spoken out about the concern he has about such instances. He says that such occurrences may end the face-to-face red carpet events for fans.
Continuing the story, security guards wrestled the man across the barrier. Then police were called. After police arrived, the man was taken away. Following the scuffle, the actor continued to greet fans who had gathered for the premiere, and then he walked into the theater for the presentation. There is no information, thus far, on the identity of the attacker or any comment on an apparent motive for the attack.
Angelina Jolie, Pitt’s long-time partner, also stars in “Maleficent.” The film is a live action film which is a spin on “Sleeping Beauty.” The production is from Disney, according to USA Today.
Brad Pitt is a 45-year-old American actor as well as a motion picture producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and three Academy Award nominations for acting. He also received two non-acting Academy Award nominations in which he won one of them. He first gained recognition in Hollywood in 1991 when he was in the motion picture “Thelma & Louise.” His first leading roles, however, were in the films “A River Runs Through It” in 1992, “Interview with the Vampire” in 1994, and “Legends of the Fall” in 1994. He also acted in “Seven,” “12 Monkeys,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and “Ocean’s Twelve among others. He produced “The Departed” in 2006 and “12 Years a Slave” last year, in which both films won Academy Awards for Best Picture.