Fame comes with a price, and sometimes you pay with your own safety. Idolizing another human being goes back to primal era, and some people can’t battle their animal nature. They begin haunting the people they’re fixated on.
Sometimes they simply want to get a celebrity’s attention, other times they’re dreaming of getting a taste of the celebrity lifestyle. Following the widely discussed attack on Kim Kardashian, we’re remembering other famous people who were assaulted: from harmless spooks to stone-cold murders.
20. Will Smith
Red carpets aren’t as glamorous as they look. You have to follow your publicist’s instructions, pose awkwardly, don’t go blind after all the flashing lights, and, in Will Smith’s case, also make sure no one is trying to kiss you.
Back in 2012 while promoting Men in Black 3 Smith fell victim to notorious Ukranian TV host/prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who told Smith he was his “biggest fan,” asked for a hug and then tried to kiss actor on the cheek. Smith retreated as fast as he could and gave the passionate fan a little warning slap. If only anybody would warn Smith that this man also presented a bouquet of hydrangeas to Madonna — her least favorite flowers.
19. Taylor Swift
While promoting her “Bad Blood” single, Tay-Tay was projecting an image of untouchable leather-clad badass. Well, as it turned out, she wasn’t as untouchable as she thought — a frantic fan tried grabbing unsuspecting pop singer’s leg while she performed the song in Canada. Taylor looked genuinely frightened.
18. Brad Pitt
If you think getting a slap on the face by Will Smith stopped Ukranian prankster Vitalii Sediuk, then you thought wrong. He kept his wild red carpet tactics and later hit Brad Pitt in the face at the premiere of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent. Pitt wasn’t hurt, but Sediuk got arrested. His excuse? Apparently, he believes celebrities need to tighten their security. Good idea.