Before Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian were assaulted by stalker Vitalii Sediuk, there was a running list of American celebrities that were attacked by the Ukrainian who sneaks into restricted areas using the press credentials he obtained from a former employer. From Madonna to Brad Pitt and Will Smith, Sediuk attempts to touch, kiss, and sometimes grope celebrities, often wearing odd costumes. Though he claims he isn’t a stalker or crazy, he seems to learn nothing from prosecution.
Sediuk seems to have moved his stalking game to Europe after bring sentenced in Los Angeles, and told to keep away from all celebrity events, premieres and openings. But with the rich and famous buying homes all over the globe, like Kim and Kanye’s England plans, there are plenty of opportunities for stalkers to create security problems.
The New York Daily News calls Vitalii Sediuk “Hollywood’s most notorious red carpet prankster,” but his seemingly benign attacks on celebs have exposed security gaps when it comes to getting up close and personal to those who travel with their own security. Though Kim Kardashian is the latest attack, and her bodyguards were able to tackle Sediuk. He was able to get away and flee into the crowd in Paris.
But this isn’t the first time Vitalii Sediuk targeted Kim Kardashian. At Paris Fashion Week in 2014, Kardashian was leaving the Balmain show when Sediuk dove at Kim’s legs, nearly knocking her to the ground. The attack left Kardashian hysterical as a mass of paparazzi snapped photos.
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Miranda Kerr and the singer Ciara were also targeted at fashion events, and at those times, Sediuk wore odd garb while trying to kiss and or hug his victims. As of late, France seems to be Sediuk’s hunting ground, as he has also made appearances in Cannes at the film festival. Actress America Ferrera attended the event in 2014, wearing a gorgeous white tulle full-length ballet skirt, and Sediuk crawled up behind her, putting his head under her skirt.
And Vitalii Sediuk does not limit himself to attacking female celebs, as Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, and Brad Pitt have also been the target of unwanted physical contact. Bradley Cooper was the recipient of an odd hug by the stalker at the 2014 SAG Awards. Sediuk approached Cooper and threw his arms around the actor’s waist, attempting to bury his face in Cooper’s crotch. Sediuk then pulled the same peculiar hug attack on Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Though from the outside, Vitalii Sediuk’s antics look like sleazy pranks, the celebrity stalker claims that he always has a reason to target certain people. He claims that the reason he focused on Gigi Hadid is that she, and others like Kendall Jenner, are ruining high fashion, says the Hollywood Reporter. He says that “cute girls of Instagram” are taking over the fashion runway.
“While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion. By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram.”
But his issues with Kim Kardashian and the rest of her family stem from Sediuk’s belief that their artificial facade and plastic surgery are sending the wrong message to young girls, says the BBC. The latest attack on Kim Kardashian had Vitalii Sediuk trying to kiss Kardashian’s backside, but before he could, he was thrown to the ground. Sediuk says he was trying to bring attention to Kardashian’s butt implants. He wants young women to know that natural beauty is superior to the look that the Kardashians promote.
“I was protesting Kim for using fake butt implants. I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly. I swear I didn’t know she was going to be there. So I had to come out with an idea very fast.”
It is being reported that Kim Kardashian has filed charges in Paris against Vitalii Sediuk. He has already done short sentences in a Los Angeles jail.
Do you think Gigi Hadid was right to elbow Sediuk in the face after her attack?
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