Brad Pitt has broken his silence about his red carpet altercation with prankster Vitalii Sediuk, insisting the Ukrainian journalist is nothing but a "nutter".
The actor joined his fiancee Angelina Jolie and five of their six kids for the Hollywood screening of her latest film Maleficent last week, when Sediuk scrambled over a security barrier and attempted to hit Pitt in the face.
"I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me. I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels," Pitt told People magazine.
"I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head - not too hard, but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses."
"I don't mind an exhibitionist, but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd."
On Friday, Sediuk pleaded no contest to battery and assault charges and was sentenced to 20 days of community service and 36 months of probation and ordered to pay $US220 in fines, while a judge also barred him from attending any future Hollywood events.