Hollywood star Will Smith slapped a male television reporter who he said tried to kiss him on the lips as he walked down the red carpet for the Moscow premiere of “Men in Black III.”
The reporter from the Ukrainian television channel 1+1, Vitalii Sediuk, made headlines at the Venice Film Festival in September when he presented a bouquet of clearly unappreciated purple hydrangeas to Madonna and called her “my princess.”
Smith was even less charmed by the reporter, who approached him on the carpet outside the movie theater on Friday night and tried to kiss him.
“C’mon man, what the hell is your problem, buddy?” Smith said as he pushed Serdiuk away and slapped him lightly across the cheek with the back of his left hand.
“He’s lucky I didn’t sucker punch him,” Smith said to the crowd of journalists and fans. “Oh, I said that on camera. It’s all good.”
He said he thought Sediuk tried to kiss him on the mouth, but it was not clear whether the reporter intended to do so or was aiming for his cheek as Smith swiveled to avoid him.
Man denies stalking Kunis
A man charged with stalking Mila Kunis pleaded not guilty Friday to two felony charges and was denied a request to leave jail without having to post bail.
Stuart Lynn Dunn hung his head so he could not be seen or filmed throughout most of his arraignment hearing. He entered his plea through a public defender and was told to appear in court for another hearing on May 31.
Dunn, 27, was charged Thursday with stalking the “Black Swan” and “That ’70s Show” actress and violating a restraining order that was issued in February after he was arrested for breaking into a vacant condo owned by Kunis. He was arrested earlier this month outside Kunis’ gym, where authorities said he had been waiting for three days in an attempt to meet the star.
Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall cited the condo arrest and his continued attempts to meet the actress as reasons his bail should remain at $150,000.
Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba told Dunn he must stay 500 yards away from Kunis and not attempt to contact her if he is released on bail.
The actress did not attend Friday’s hearing.
Dunn faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted.
The birthday bunch
Singer Joe Cocker is 68. Singer-actress Cher is 66. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) is 54. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 53. Actor John Billingsley (“Enterprise”) is 52. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 52. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 40. Actor Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife) is 35.