Justin Timberlake is the latest celebrity to be targeted by notorious ‘prankster’ Vitalii Sediuk. Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are currently in France for Paris Fashion Week and had arrived at the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2020 show on Tuesday when Timberlake was attacked by Sediuk.
Timberlake and Biel were walking into the venue when Sediuk crawled on all fours through the crowd to get to them. Sediuk grabbed hold of Timberlake’s right ankle before he was pulled away by security. Thankfully, Timberlake was unharmed and the famous couple were left mostly confused over the event. This marks the first time that Sediuk targeted Timberlake, but he’s well known in the celebrity world and has been notorious for showing up at Paris Fashion Week in the past.
While Sediuk grabbing Timberlake’s ankle was mostly innocuous and frankly annoying, his past actions have been much more serious. He’s previously hugged the crotch-area of Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio, tried to kiss Will Smith, and crashed the 2013 Grammy Awards while Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull presented an award to Adele. In 2014, he attempted to hug Brad Pitt at the Maleficent premiere, causing Pitt to fall, which finally led to Sediuk’s arrest, landing him three years probation and psychiatric counselling.
But probation hasn’t done anything to stop Sediuk from thinking it’s okay to touch people’s bodies. In 2014, Sediuk was at the Cannes Film Festival when he crawled underneath America Ferrera’s skirt. That same year, Sediuk almost tackled Kim Kardashian to the ground as she was exiting her car on the way into a Paris Fashion Week show, with her quick moving security team catching Kim before she hit the ground. Again in 2016, Sediuk targeted Kardashian and this time tried to kiss her bottom as she walked into a fashion show.
Also in 2016, Sediuk physically picked up Gigi Hadid outside a fashion show in Milan, with Gigi fighting back and elbowing Sediuk repeatedly before he finally put her down. What a prankster! There’s nothing we find funnier than women being touched without their consent! Seriously, how is this guy not in jail yet? Let’s stop calling him a ‘prankster’ and refer to him by a more accurate title, like ‘serial assaulter.’ Hadid later wrote an essay about the incident for the now defunct Lenny Letter, speaking about the importance of young girls and women remembering that it’s their right to protect themselves and fight back.
Timberlake seems to be Sediuk’s only target (so far) at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, but Hadid has once again jumped into action because of ‘professional pranksters.’ On Tuesday, YouTuber Marie Benoliel crashed the Chanel show, attempting to blend in with the other models for their final walk. Hadid, who was actually supposed to be in the show, was not having it and quickly cornered Benoliel, leading her off the stage to where security was waiting. It seems like they need a lot more security at Paris Fashion Week, no?