Cannes 2014 Scandal: A Man Tries to Crawl Under America Ferrera's Skirt on the Red Carpet

05/16/2014 at 06:58 PM ET

Man Hides Under America Ferrera's DressTraverso/L’Oreal/Getty

A full-skirted ball gown may be the ne plus ultra of Cannes glamour, but it’s not a very good hiding place.

On Friday night, a notorious red carpet prankster caused a scene at the premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2, when he attempted to dive under the hem of America Ferrera’s pale yellow Georges Hobeika Couture dress.

As Ferrera posed for photographers with co-stars Jay Baruchel, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou, she initially seemed unaware of the action taking place behind her. (Though the crowd behind her reacted in shock!) Within seconds, several security guards rushed in to drag the man out from under the actress’s voluminous gown.

The culprit has been identified as famed prankster Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian TV presenter who has pulled similar stunts in the past.

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In 2012, Sediuk was slapped by Will Smith when he attempted to kiss the actor on the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3. The following year, he spent the night in an L.A. jail after storming the stage as Adele accepted the award for best pop solo performance at the 2013 Grammys.

Though Ferrera appeared to be shaken and confused by the incident she soon regained her composure. After making her way up the grand staircase of the Palais des Festivals, the actress was reassured by a concerned Blanchett, who wrapped a protective arm around her before the cast made their way inside. “It’s fine — I’m over it,” Ferrera told The Hollywood Reporter. “[My castmates] were all so supportive. They all just wanted to know I was okay.”

Tell us: do you think these pranks are funny? How would you have reacted?

–Bronwyn Barnes

FILED UNDER: Celebs , Dresses , Red Carpet
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fun is fun but it didn’t seem nice, i mean peeping inside a bride’s volume gown.

Jay on

Too bad she didn’t turn around and kick the living daylights out of him.

RachaelMalle on

She should have kicked him in the head. Hard.

Cay on

That’s not a “prank.” That’s sexual assault, and it clearly upset her and her costars. Call it what it is.

Cynthia Loria on

I think the pranks are horrible, NOT FUNNY!!!

Jane on

That is not funny at all! She should have kicked him so hard. I don’t understand if this man has a history of so called “pranks” how does he keep getting clearance as a media “professional”? It looks like he holding something in his hand, maybe a microphone. Was he attempting to broadcast underneath her dress? He should be arrested and charged with harassment and assault.

Guest on

Cay, you took the words out of my mouth. This “prankster’s” antics seem less like pranks and, really, more like sexual assault. He grabbed Will Smith and kissed him – now he’s putting his head under Ferrera’s dress. He needs to be charged with some sex crime and labeled a sex offender – maybe that would help him realize what he’s actually doing. If a woman was just out in public in a dress and some random guy came and stuck his head under her skirt, the guy would be arrested and charged with sexual assault or something. If someone stuck their head under my dress I wouldn’t find it funny at all – and I’d press charges just to try and teach him a lesson.

Celeste on

I would’ve kicked him because he invaded my personal space. The guy has problems and should be banned from these types of events!

Stace. on

This prankster has never been funny. He’s obnoxious and rude.

America should have slapped him.

Super duper on

How on earth did he get that close past security? He should be on a banned list for all events with a restraining order. Poor America. How violated she must have felt!

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