Justin Timberlake was tackled on the red carpet by a serial prankster as he and wife Jessica Biel attended Paris Fashion Week.
The Rock Your Body singer stepped out of a car to attend the Louis Vuitton show when Vitalii Sediuk grabbed hold of his right leg.
Timberlake, 38, stumbled and staggered back several steps, still clutching his wife’s hand, before security swept in and removed the Ukranian self-styled ‘celebrity pankster’.
Timberlake and Biel, 37, looked at each other before shaking their heads and apparently laughing off the incident before they continued to walk into the show at Paris’s Louvre museum to watch the Louis Vuitton Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 collection.
Sediuk has posted a statement on Instagram denying he had made an “attack” on Timberlake and claiming his action had been made to highlight homophobia in his home country of Ukraine.
Sharing a video online he wrote: “Before the media says that my prank was an ‘attack’ (as always), I want to explain what attack means. This summer my friends and me were attacked by an aggressive homophobe at a gay beach in Kyiv. Police did nothing so far and are not showing any interest (even though I filed a report). I hope now something will change so LGBTG in my country and all over the world feels safe.”
The security breach came just hours YouTube prankster Marie Benoliel aka Marie S'Infiltre jumped onto the catwalk at the Chanel S/S 2020 show and tried to join in, before being escorted off by model Gigi Hadid.
Sediuk, 30, is a former media reporter who has gained fame for physically assaulting celebrities at red carpet events.
In 2014 he was arrested by Los Angeles police for grabbing Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Maleficent premiere, breaking tha actor’s glasses.
His other attacks include grabbing Gigi Hadid, 24, at a Milan fashion show in 2016 and lifting her off the ground, before she elbowed him in the face.
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Sediuk kissed Will Smith whilst he was giving an interview at the Men In Black 3 premiere in Moscow in 2012, prompting the actor to slap him and ask "What the hell is your problem, buddy?"
He has grabbed Bradley Cooper by the legs at an award ceremony, buried his face in Leonardo DiCaprio’s crotch at a film festival, and crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sediuk has made several assaults Kim Kardashian, attempting to kiss her behind, knocking her off her feet in 2014.