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Man arrested on red carpet says he never hit Pitt

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who was arrested after jostling with Brad Pitt on a red carpet last week says he was merely trying to give the actor a hug and didn’t mean him any harm.

Vitalli Sediuk says he accepts responsibility for the incident and will spend the next few months dealing with the legal ramifications of his prank, which briefly disrupted the red carpet of the Disney film “Maleficent.”

The 25-year-old pleaded no contest to battery against Pitt on Friday and was sentenced to three years of probation and a year’s worth of psychiatric counseling.

Sediuk told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that he didn’t attempt any similar stunts on the red carpet at Wednesday’s “Maleficent” premiere because he knew that there would be children around.

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