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Red carpet prankster sits in jail


He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, tried to steal Adele’s spotlight at the Grammys, dived under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

Vitalii Sediuk’s antics have earned him a smack in the face from Smith, probation for the Grammys stunt and have cost him his job with the Ukrainian TV station that up until his incident with Ferrera, gave the 25-year-old a platform to cross the line with celebrities.

Sediuk remained in a Hollywood jail Thursday, one day after police say he leaped over a fan barrier and made contact with Pitt, who was signing autographs at the premiere of his partner Angelina Jolie’s latest film, “Maleficent.”

Pitt was apparently uninjured, but Sediuk’s conduct has left him alienated from supporters and facing another possible criminal case.

His grab of the microphone before Adele accepted a Grammy Award at last year’s ceremony led Sediuk to plead no contest to trespassing and earned him a three-year probation sentence.

He hugged Bradley Cooper’s crotch this year at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and streaked down a runway in a G-string at a show during February’s Fashion Week in New York City. No charges were filed after either incident.

Singer recovering

George Michael’s spokeswoman says the singer is resting after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

The Sun newspaper reported Thursday that ambulances were called to Michael’s London home on May 22 and the former Wham! singer was taken to a hospital.

Spokeswoman Connie Filippello confirmed that Michael was discharged over the weekend “and is well and resting.” She had no further comment.

Michael, whose hits include “Careless Whisper” and “Faith,” has had a series of health problems in recent years.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Clint Walker is 87. Actor Keir Dullea is 78. Actor Michael J. Pollard is 75. Actor Colm Meaney is 61. Actor Ted McGinley is 56. Singer Wynonna Judd is 50. Singer-actress Idina Menzel is 43. Singer Cee Lo Green is 39. Actor Jared Gilmore is 14.