Kim Kardashian was at Paris Fashion Week to watch her sister Kendall walk the runways but got more than she bargained for as she stepped out of her vehicle before the Balmain show. A serial celebrity prankster named Vitalii Sediuk reportedly targeted Kardashian on the red carpet and almost knocked her down.
Video footage of the incident showed the moments after Kardashian arrived at the event with her husband Kanye West and mother Kris Jenner. Sediuk allegedly lunged at Kardashian, who called out to her husband. The prankster reached Kardashian’s legs and was reportedly told by Jenner, “Stop it!” before security pried him away and escorted Kardashian into the venue.
Apparently, Sediuk, formerly a Ukrainian journalist, had done similar pranks on other celebrities before, including Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Leonardo Dicaprio. In a statement sent to E! News, Sediuk explained, “The prank with Kim was my protest that US banned me from entering the country. I hope Kim is ok and won’t be mad at me as I didn’t mean any harm. Kanye is one lucky man as Kim is a Goddess!”
Sediuk’s claims that he didn’t mean Kardashian any harm seem watered down by the fact that he tried to get close to the 33-year-old reality TV star a second time. He showed up again at the Hotel Costes in Paris, where Kardashian and West were dining. However, since Kardashian and her husband reportedly beefed up their security after their first fiasco with Sediuk, the prankster was immediately surrounded by bodyguards and tightly supervised until the couple left the venue.
According to Celebuzz, Paris officials said they would not be investigating the incident, so Kardashian and Kanye took it into their own hands to increase their security force. This reportedly posed problems at Paris Fashion Week, however, where witnesses claimed the couple’s security was too aggressive in their treatment of other fashion professionals attending the event.