Ukraine detains prankster who mooned during Eurovision final

By REUTERS
May 14, 2017 16:19
1 minute read.
Breaking news

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

KIEV  - Ukrainian police have detained a Ukrainian prankster for jumping onto the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest and dropping his trousers while singer Jamala was performing, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Sunday.

The man, identified by Avakov as prankster Vitalii Sediuk, took to the stage draped in an Australian flag and flashed his bottom.

The incident was beamed to an audience of millions around the world and widely shared on social media during Saturday's show, which took place in Kiev.

The Ukrainian authorities did not see the funny side, and have detained him for a period of 72 hours. He could face anything from a fine to five years in prison on hooliganism charges, Avakov said in a Facebook post.

"Sediuk is a Ukrainian citizen. During the performance of our Jamala, according to his own words, he decided to realize his hobby as he 'unofficially works as a provocative journalist'," Avakov said.

Sediuk has a history of carrying out pranks.

He once struck actor Brad Pitt in the face as he signed autographs in Los Angeles.

He also breached the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to try to climb under actress America Ferrera's dress as she posed for photographers.

In other exploits, Sediuk has hugged actor Leonardo DiCaprio around the crotch at a Santa Barbara Film Festival event, stormed the stage during singer Adele's Grammy acceptance speech, and was slapped by Will Smith after kissing the actor at a Moscow premiere.

Saturday's Eurovison contest was won by Salvador Sabral of Portugal. Bulgaria came second and Moldova third.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 20, 2018
China's Premier Li says willing to push bilateral ties with Malaysia

By REUTERS