Model Gigi Hadid Manhandled In Milan

MILAN (CBS SF/AP) – Model Gigi Hadid was manhandled outside a Milan Fashion Week venue Thursday by a former Ukrainian television reporter who has pulled similar stunts in Paris, Los Angeles and Moscow.

A video posted on website TMZ.com shows a man grabbing Hadid from behind and lifting her off the ground as she and her sister, Bella Hadid, exited the venue of the Max Mara runway show Thursday morning. Hadid reacted angrily, wriggling out of his grip, saying “Let go of me!” followed by expletives.

A bodyguard took her arm as she began to go after the assailant and helped her into the car, where the model told someone “go find that guy.”

In an email, Vitalii Sediuk confirmed that he had lifted Hadid off the ground, saying it was a form of protest against the use of celebrity models.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30:  Vitalii Sediuk (L) and lawyer Anthony Willoughby appear at Los Angeles Superior Court House on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Sediuk was arrested for allegedly assaulting Brad Pitt on May 28, 2014.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian-Pool/Getty Images)

Vitalii Sediuk & lawyer Anthony Willoughby (credit: Kevork Djansezian-Pool/Getty Images)

“While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion,” Sediuk said in the emailed statement. “By doing this I encourage fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram. You can call it a manifest or a protest.”

Police in Milan could not immediately confirm whether any complaint had been filed in the Gigi Hadid incident. Several hours after the incident, Hadid appeared in perfect form on the Fendi runway.

Sediuk said he also objected to having the Kardashians featured in Vogue magazine. Kim Kardashian has been a previous object of Sediuk’s uninvited attention. He caused her to stumble briefly in Paris when he provoked a kerfuffle at a fashion week event two years ago.

Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk is dragged away by minders after he tried to slip under US actress America Ferrera's dress (R) as she arrives for the screening of the animated film "How to train your Dragon 2" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2014.     AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI        (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vitalii Sediuk / America Ferrera in Cannes (credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sediuk previously spent two days in jail after jostling with Brad Pitt at a Los Angeles film premiere, and he crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress at a film premiere at the Cannes festival.

In a wildly viral video from 2012, actor Will Smith was caught on the receiving end of an unprovoked kiss from Sediuk on the “Men In Black II” red carpet. Watch below:

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