Following his bizarre red carpet encounter with notorious prankster Vitalii Sediuk last week, Brad Pitt has spoken about the incident, saying that while he doesn't mind "an exhibitionist", such situations spoil the occasion for fans.
In a statement to People magazine about the incident, which happened at the Hollywood premiere of Angelina Jolie's new film Maleficent, Pitt said: "I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me. I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels."
Pitt continued: "I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head - not too hard - but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses."
Pitt added: "I don't mind an exhibitionist, but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd. And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman's dress again, he's going to get stomped."
Sediuk was arrested following the incident and after pleading no contest to battery and unlawful activity at a sporting or entertainment event, was sentenced to probation and psychiatric counselling.
In an interview with the Associated Press the former journalist said he was only trying to hug Pitt and did not want to harm him.