Angelina Jolie refuses additional security: ‘Most fans are just wonderful’


Here are some more photos of Angelina Jolie in Shanghai yesterday, where she was promoting the Chinese release of Maleficent. Shanghai seemed to love her – organizers even gave her an adorable birthday cake with a little sugar Maleficent on top. While she was doing press in China, she was asked about Brad Pitt’s throwdown with Ukrainian sexual predator Vitalii Sediuk, and she answered winningly. She also chatted about how much her kids love China. Some highlights:

She won’t get more security even after Brad’s assault: “People like that are an exception to the rule. Most fans are just wonderful. We’ve had a wonderful experience over the years, and we’re very grateful for their support, and it will not change the way we behave.” ”

How Brad handled the situation: She said Pitt is a “strong man” who handled the situation “perfectly.”

The Jolie-Pitt kids in China: “We went to the Long Museum for Contemporary Art. They (the children) are having a dim sum class today and a lot of the local food. We love Chinese food anyway, so now we get to have the authentic Chinese food, and … they are having a wonderful time. Vivienne asked me not to go home today.”

She wants to work with Taiwanese director Ang Lee. “I’m not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese, he’s Taiwanese but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his work and the actors in his films are the ones I’m most familiar with and are very fond of.”

[From the AP via Fox News]

Oh, so the kids like Chinese food? Good for them. I imagine that’s Angelina’s version of “cooking dinner” – she just orders Chinese. Lo mein for the win!

Meanwhile, Vitalii Sediuk has given an interview to People Mag (and other outlets too) about the Pitt incident. He sounds like such a douchebag. Some highlights:

“I’m not complaining because I created this trouble for myself, but at the same time, I’m upset with the slandering… I saw the headlines saying he was punched in the face, which was absolutely not true. I was going for a hug … I have done this many times before, and I have never hit or punch someone. That would be something different. That is criminal. I upset a lot of people, but I also entertained a lot of people…I can’t deny that there is not a little part of me that enjoys doing an interview… It is easy for me to work with cameras. It is something that comes natural for me, so I would like anything with acting or reality [TV]. Maybe I could still do my pranks but they would be staged for the movies. I would absolutely do that and maybe outshine in acting some of the people who I had pranked. If I am given this opportunity, people could see different sides of me. Maybe one day I will earn the respect of industry people and reporters and not just get people saying ‘Deport him’ or ‘Complete moron.’ That is tough.”

[From People]

No, moron, “going for a hug” with someone’s crotch, someone who wants no part of it, is just as criminal as punching someone in the face. But it doesn’t matter – this guy is just a delusional famewhore looking to get famous by doing ridiculous and stupid things. Let’s not give him any more attention.



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  1. Dani2 says:

    Ugh, Angelina stop, I can’t like you any more than I already do, it won’t be healthy 😁

  2. Aussie girl says:

    Gosh, again she just words herself so well. Celebrities take note

  3. Helvetica says:

    The Vitelli guy should get charges pressed against him for all the ridiculous things he does. Didn’t he grab Leonardo’s nutsack? That is not ok.

    • Camille (The Original) says:

      It sounds to me like he is trying to become the next Borat (Sasha Baron whats his face). Talk about a fail.

  4. truthSF says:

    Going under a woman’s dress without her permission is criminal and a violation dirtbag.

    • kri says:

      Okay, this idiot is clearly mental. He wants to be respected in the industry? Ummm, no. Not gonna happen, creep. It freaks me out when people invade my personal space-this guy is super offensive. As for Angelina, I do like her. She is so smart, and so good at promoting. Sell those shoes, baby!! This is how you rep a film and a designer, H’wood starlets. She’s smooth.

    • Mimi says:

      Yeah and America looked terrified as well. That said, forcibly kissing a man and putting your face into his crotch is also sexual harassment and criminal.

    • Lady D says:

      I personally probably would have responded with a knee to the face out of fear. It would be a (forgive me) knee jerk reaction, not something I had complete control over.

  5. eliza says:

    WHY is anyone, least of all People magazine, giving that douche bag asshole a forum to speak? He is sick, a menace and NO ONE finds his pathetic attention whoring stunts funny, so why is he getting interviewed by People? He needs to be thrown out of yhis country for good and then jailed at home and never heard from again.

  6. Frida_K says:

    What a marvelous cake!

    She’s so gracious…that pond scum that tried to jump on Brad is not worth her time and she very diplomatically and definitively made that clear. He will get nothing from the Leg and that’s that.

    Love Angie, Brad, and the chilrens!


    • truthSF says:

      And if the Leg doesn’t acknowledge you, what good is to go on living? 😀

    • Amelia says:

      She’s so eloquent. A masterclass in publicity.
      Plus, I REALLY want a sugar Maleficent!! That’s an amazing cake!

      • Mimi says:

        Agreed. Just saying this first, I don’t think she’s an evil witch that hides it well using PR skills, but she’s amazing at controlling the press; ALL celebrities try to control the press, but they just don’t do it as well as Angelina.

        I mean, just this past month we’ve had Gwyneth, Emma Thompson, and Charlize Theron make themselves lose favor with the public but Angelina despite speaking a lot more than they did, manages to say nothing wrong.

    • T.C. says:

      I so want that cake. Bad.

      She’s right about the nutter being an exception.

  7. paola says:

    After all she’s gone through she still can’t stop smiling and be kind and professional to everybody. She really is a remarkable woman.

  8. Abbott says:

    Non famous person trying to hug a stranger: criminal.

    Famous person hugging a stranger: Shaliene Woodley.

    Got it,

    • eliza says:

      I do get what you are saying to some degree but this man is not just “hugging” people. He is going under women’s dresses, hugging crotch areas and trying to kiss people on the mouth. He is not going in for the simple hug. I doubt Shaylene is doing those things to people and aren’t people THRILLED by celebrity attention? When Shaylean goes for the hug at someone’s crotch I will be outraged then.

  9. L says:

    So Sediuk-what’s your excuse for assaulting America Fererra? It was funny? You “entertained” folks by doing that? All just a prank right? /sarcasm

    This guy is wackadoo and someone needs to make sure he doesn’t keep getting press passes for these events.

    • BNA FAN says:

      He won’t be getting free passes for those events. He was sentence to not come within 500 feets of Hollywood Red Carpets Ect. He is on probation for three years so if he breaks the sentence he will have to pay, maybe jail time. He’s also sentence to community services, one year of psychological counseling along a $209 fine. I hope this teaches him a lesson, he’s not funny, he’s sicko.

      • Izzy says:

        Unfortunately, his assault on America Ferrera took place in Cannes, so anyone with a restraining order against him would have to rely on foreign authorities being willing to enforce the order outside the jurisdiction, or get a protective order separately in that jurisdiction. Hopefully places like Cannes and other foreign red carpet event organizers have taken note and try to step up their security in keeping him and other wackadoos like him out, but all the punishment meted out to him for the Brad Pitt incident is only enforceable in the U.S. Unfortunately.

  10. Eleonor says:

    I think magazines shouldn’t interview guy like that: giving them attention is what they want. Those weren’t even pranks. I don’t know how America Ferrera menaged to not punch him, or didn’t run away (I would have run away).

  11. lower-case deb says:

    those shoes!
    even if i dislike the sheer panels, imagine what those horns can do if that vitali guy tried to go under her skirt.

    probably why he didn’t attempt it with Angelina.

    poor America Ferrera. didn’t he also grabbed onto her ankle when they tried to pull him away from under her skirt. i don’t think America found that funny one bit.

    gosh this person sounds like a playground bully. “i pushed her down a flight of stairs because it’s funny! did you see that? i throw rotten eggs at the class nerd because it’s funny! har har”

    it’s not cute when kids do it, definitely not cute when grown people do it

  12. Intro Outro says:

    If that miserable excuse for a human being gets invited to a reality show now – I will not surprised.

    Angelina is gorgeous.

    • Izzy says:

      If that happens, we SHOULD start a petition to get whatever stupid network it is to drop the show. I mean, really, there have to be minimum standards, right? And we already have to put up with Real Housewives and the Kardashians.

  13. Andrea1 says:

    God that Face! that face…. Just divine
    She is glowing. Plus she hinted on a maleficent sequel 🙂

  14. doofus says:

    “I’m not complaining because I created this trouble for myself”

    except that he IS complaining…about people not “getting” him or his jokes, being called names, being “slandered”…my response?…

    Deport him. Complete moron.

  15. lisa2 says:

    Well said.

    Happy 39th Birthday Angie.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      Happy ‘Gemini’ Birthday, Angie! With belated B-Day wishes for Angie’s little ‘mini-me’ Gemini, Shiloh … May 27th.

      • Camille (The Original) says:

        It kind of makes me smile that Shiloh and I share a birth date- as well as Christopher Lee! (who I <3)

  16. The Original Mia says:

    Happy Birthday, Angelina!

    This creeper is going to pull that crap with the wrong celeb and will his clock cleaned. Deservedly! I know the perfect premiere too! Expendables 3.

    • Izzy says:

      When he does get his clock cleaned, I hope someone is filming or photographing it. That would actually make my cold, shriveled little heart just BEAM with joy.

  17. Shelby says:

    She’s one of the most eloquent actresses today. I hope young actresses take note on how well she handles herself in interviews. Buzzfeed has a very insightful and well-researched article about her brilliant PR. Its quite long because it also examined different factors on how it affected the Jolie-Pitt brand since she and Brad Pitt became a Hollywood power couple. Here’s the link:

    As for her working with Ang Lee… isn’t he is rumored to be attached to the Cleopatra remake? I would love to see them work together since Ang Lee is my favorite director. Remember Sense and Sensibility anyone?

    • lower-case deb says:

      According to her interview with the BBC, Ang Lee won’t be working with her in Cleopatra:
      “No, Ang is doing a different film. Right now I am actually working with his editor on Unbroken: Tim.”
      (around 10:00)

    • mia girl says:

      I was watching Family Feud the other night (don’t ask me why I was, just mindlessly stopped I guess to see Peterman from Sienfeld as host).

      Anyway, the question was “100 people surveyed Which Hollywood actress are other actresses most likely to be jealous of?”
      Guess who was the first answer given by the contestant and the overwhelming #1. Jolie

      And to your point, aside from her beauty, every actress should be jealous of how she manages her self/life. Take notes ladies.

      • Shelby says:

        The result is not that surprising since Jolie is the most influential actress right now. She is the last true movie star according to many media circuits and I actually agree. She may be the most photographed actress in the world but she exudes an aura of mystery that no one can match. She manages to have a hit after not acting for 4 years and she has found her niche as a humanitarian/philanthropist outside Hollywood. And the way she handles herself in interviews is just so media-savvy. My countrymen loves La Jolie and there was even a rumor some years ago that she and Brad Pitt will adopt a baby from our country which was proven false.

        I’m not an American and so I don’t really know what Family Feud is. But I get the context that it’s a family game show? 🙂

      • mia girl says:

        Shelby – Yes it’s one of the longest running game shows in the US where families compete against eachother to guess the most common responses to questions.

        But, it’s fairly corny and pedantic. And don’t get me started on the tacky, seizure-inducing set.

    • Mimi says:

      The buzzfeed article is fantastic. It basically implies this is necessary and part of an actress’ job so no judgment and everyone does it.

      The NYT article back in 2008 basically implied “she’s actually evil but her manipulative skills hide it well and it’s shocking because nobody in Hollywood tries manipulating the press – only Angelina.”

      • That’s why I was so….confused when I read that article. EVERYONE in Hollywood has a publicist, whose job it is to manage their image. Some celebs, like Daniel Day Lewis or Steven Spielberg (just pulling these two names out as people who we only hear from when they’re promoting, and don’t really have any scandals attached to them) don’t need much from their publicists. But they have them.

        I can really only think of Angelina and Brad as the only two who don’t have publicists. I’m pretty sure that the only time they do have them–and this might just be Brad–is when the studio insists, for like an Oscar campaign–but that’s just what I read, so don’t quote me on it.

        So I was wondering WHY it is so bad that you want to have control over your own image, and why it’s a bad thing that you don’t want to pay someone else 10% of what you make for that ‘privilege’. Especially since their way seems to be not addressing any tabloid rumors–beyond throwing a bone to PEOPLE once or twice a year–or participating in any ridiculous, one sided feuds–cough*chelseahandler*cough.

        I wish every other celeb handled their pr as well as Angelina does…

      • Mimi says:

        @Virgilia Yeah people always act as though Angelina is the only one controlling the press. Plus their rationale is that she has to hide her negative past but people like Mark Wahlberg, Julia Roberts, RDJ get free passes for their past s**t so they don’t need to control the press.

        But for a correction, Brad does have a publicist kind of…..I think it’s his manager/representative who doubles as a publicist, but multiple times I have read PEOPLE or other reputable sites respond with something like “Pitt’s representative denied…….” whereas nobody from Angelina’s camp ever responds (probably Geyer Kosinski her manager responds to something like once every 3 years).

    • Andrea1 says:

      Fantastic read!
      Thank you 🙂

    • lenje says:

      Thanks. Interesting article, interesting choice of words: “… accumulated a dynamic group of children who were beautiful to observe.”

    • Janet says:

      Shelby, thanks for the link. This is a very well-written and excellently researched article.

  18. lucy says:

    I’m honestly liking her more and more. She handled the situation with class, and that’s a great lesson for others in the field (Charlize! Goop!). She’s very media savvy.

    Still not a fan of Brad though.

  19. AlmondJoy says:

    I was never an Angie fan, but everything I read here at CB makes me like her 😊

  20. Lara K says:

    Angie is such a class act, so gracious without fawning.
    And I love at she is truly dedicated to her family, it’s not just for the cameras.

  21. Kori says:

    This attitude is why I’ve been a fan since way before Brangelina. She has always been so friendly and gracious in fan situations. I read a lot of gossip and there’s never anything about her being condescending or rude to the ‘little people’. People, who actually are named in stories and not anonymous sources, have consistently commented over the years on how polite she is. She is 100% my girl crush.

  22. Nya says:

    Um why would she need extra security when it was just one idiot who’s done the same thing before? It’s not like there have been nefarious threats. I mean yeah she said a nice thing, but trying to act like she’s so graciously refusing extra security that she doesn’t even need is lame.

    • lisa2 says:

      I’m surprised most celebs are not walking around with more security. People forget so quickly. There are serious crazies out there. And I have read insane rants from crazies on line making threats. If you see this nutter getting away with it then it sends a message that it is easy to reach these people. And everyone out there is not a fan.

      History not too long ago has shown celebrities KILLED by some crazed fan or hater.. so her and Brad’s statements are more than her blowing wind. Brad has said in past interviews that he and his family get death threats and all manner of craziness.

      If I was in that position I would so make sure my life and that of my family was well protected.. and wouldn’t give a damn that the public outside didn’t think it was necessary or lame.

    • Kim1 says:

      Angie NEVER said she was refusing additional security and the person interviewing never said that.Kaiser said it

  23. Sarah says:

    Going in for an unwanted hug may not be criminal, but sticking your head up someone’s dress is.

  24. Damaris says:

    That’s nice. Not all of her fans should suffer because of one rotten apple! Why the accused attacker kept getting invited to Hollywood events after many of his antics is extremely shady. Getting up in Will Smith’s face, hugging Leonardo DiCaprio by the knees, peeking inside America Ferrera’s dress, and now “punching” Brad Pitt in the face – I mean, come on. This guy should not have been invited after the first incident!

  25. Paige says:

    Happy Birthday Angelina 🙂

  26. Peppa says:

    I saw the pictures of that cake yesterday and I thought it was possibly the cutest thing ever. Hope Angie has a great birthday (mine is tomorrow, my celebrity bday mate is Mark Wahlberg… meh). And ugh that idiot guy really said he was going in for a hug? Was he going in for a hug but tripped and fell in Bradley Cooper’s and Leo’s crotches? And what about America Ferrera? He is gross and a total menace. Good for Brad protecting himself.

  27. Jade says:

    Happy birthday Angelina, I wish you a beautiful and fulfilling life, a lifetime of happiness with your loved ones…and all the very best every time you highlight issues such as poverty, education and human rights.

  28. Dawn says:

    Happy Birthday to her and many more!

  29. Majoo says:

    Wish her the best! #‎HappyBDayAngelinaJolie‬

  30. GeeMoney says:

    Love Angelina! Happy Birthday to her.

  31. megsie says:

    Thinking back to 90s Angelina … she was always beautiful and magnetic but I’m so impressed with the mature, gracious, at ease woman she’s become.

  32. serena says:

    That man is so delusional. First… prank? That was plain harrasment. Second, who the hell would be interested in hiring such a douchebag? That’s the wrong way of attracting interest. Third, he wants respect? Don’t make me laugh. He needs some jail time.

  33. zut alors! says:

    Joyeux Anniversaire Angelina! Vous avez une belle âme.

  34. Laura says:



    Seriously, I’ve adored Angelina ever since I saw her in the movie “Gia”. She is just everything rolled into one — gorgeous, compassionate, dedicated, intelligent, talented, strong, sexy — and I truly wish her all the best in life.

    I hope this birthday is one full of love & laughter for Angelina!