The Cannes Film Festival is best known for its fabulous South-of-France location, star-studded attendees and elegant, designer red carpet fashion.
Unfortunately for actress America Ferrera, a man wasn’t so much interested in her cream George Hoeika Couture gown, but rather what was under it.
Ferrera was ambushed as she posed on the red carpet with her “How to Train Your Dragon 2” costars Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou and Jay Baruchel for movie’s screening. A 25-year-old man then dove under her voluminous dress, and, unknowingly, Ferrera turned around to find a security team dragging him away.
The man was identified as Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk, and apparently it wasn’t his first bizarre celebrity encounter. A YouTube video shows Sediuk in January at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards grabbing “American Hustle” star Bradley Cooper’s crotch. He also crashed the Grammys in 2013, nearly ruining Adele’s speech before Jennifer Lopez sent him away, which landed him a night in jail. Weeks later he showed up to the Academy Awards with a pail full of replica Oscar statues while wearing a Bjork-style swan dress.
Sediuk even showed up to the “Men in Black 3” Moscow premiere in 2012 and kissed Will Smith, who immediately pushed him away. Smith later told a reporter on the red carpet, “[Sediuk] is lucky I didn’t sucker-punch him.” Only time will tell if Sediuk will add more strange antics to his list of high-profile celebrity encounters.
As for Ferrera, she first stayed mum about the incident, later telling The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s fine. I’m over it.”