- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Grammy gatecrasher says stunt was ‘spontaneous’
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man who was arrested after attempting to upstage Adele at Sunday’s Grammy Awards has a new message for the singer: “help me.”
Vitalii Sediuk says his appearance onstage at the Grammys was a spontaneous event and that he is only now realizing that it might have legal consequences for him. The Ukrainian journalist, who did not have a ticket to the awards show, spent several hours in police custody before being released with a trespassing citation and a March 4 court date.
“It was spontaneous,” Sediuk said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “It was not planned of course”
He said he realizes now that he may be banned from covering award shows, which would be problematic for a reporter who’s already got a reputation for awkward celebrity encounters. Last year, Will Smith slapped Sediuk, 24, after he tried to kiss him on a red carpet, and he drew Madonna’s ire a year earlier by presenting her a bouquet of flowers she hated.
He said he hopes that Adele, who called Lopez her “good luck charm” at Sunday’s show, will help him out of his latest mess.
“Oh Adele. Help me not to go to jail,” Sediuk said.
He said he arrived at the show in a car that had access to the red carpet, and he did a few interviews before attempting to follow Nicole Kidman into the show. She stopped to talk to reporters and he then followed in Katy Perry _ all without a guard ever stopping him to ask for a ticket. Once inside, he got a seat near the stage, apparently taking Adam Levine’s seat.
“I didn’t really think about the fact that I didn’t have the ticket,” he said.
Publicists for the Grammys did not return email messages about security at the event. The show received additional police protection due to the ongoing hunt for ex-officer Christopher Dorner, who is suspected of three killings and has stated a desire to target police and their families.
Los Angeles police said Sediuk was arrested by private security who were responsible for making sure those at the show belonged.
Sediuk said he had to get creative because he didn’t get a media credential for the show. Before going onstage, Sediuk said he had been daydreaming about receiving an Academy Award. He also said he wanted to be able to send in an interesting report. The incident is unlikely to shock those who know Sediuk, he said. “It was not a surprise to them.”
He said he hopes the incident exposes some security flaws. “It’s their fault as well,” he said.
In addition to being slapped by Smith, Sediuk garnered attention for giving Madonna a bouquet of hydrangeas at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. The actress-singer promptly stashed them under a table, declaring, “I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.”
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- EDITORIAL: As jobs vanish, Obama wants more of same
- Stolen European passports on Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777
- Obama engages in Ukraine diplomacy from Fla. resort as Russia digs in
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- PRUDEN: Likening Putin to Hitler on Ukraine shows Hillary's shaky grasp of history
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again