A shocking and disturbing incident occurred on Wednesday in Milan as Gigi Hadid was manhandled by a complete stranger as she was walking in a group to her car.
The random man grabbed the model on the street as she fought her way to break free.
Her sister, Bella Hadid and her were leaving a fashion week show as Gigi was grabbed, lifted in the air and held tightly. A clip has emerged showing Gigi struggling to break free from this terrifying act.
What gets us is that her bodyguards were so slow to intercept. The poor girl was left to defend herself alone by doing what was only possible, elbowing him in the face. (You go girl!)
Even Bella was shocked that she froze - and left her sister to helplessly wrestle out of the man's grip, alone.
UK news website The Sun exploited Gigi's natural and human reaction and published a story purely to shame and hurt her. The headline read, “Not model behavior: Gigi Hadid aggressively lashes out at and ELBOWS fan in the FACE after he tries to pick her up.”
She wasn't going to take any more crap and bravely hit back on Twitter in response to the article.
THANK YOU Rachel.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
To unknown article writer: fan?!!! The ACTUAL fans that were there can tell you what happened. I'm a HUMAN BEING — https://t.co/G7Pbp0G8yP
and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho ????— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed the man’s identity as Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukranian-born serial pest who’s been banned from the US for harassing celebrities in public, such as when he kissed Will Smith on the mouth at a red carpet event.
In a statement given to THR that will fill you with rage, he says he attacked Gigi because she has “nothing to do with high fashion”.
“You can call it a manifest or a protest. This is also a wake-up call for Anna Wintour, who turnedVogueinto a tabloid by putting Kardashians and other similar celebrities on a cover of a well-respected magazine.”
Our thoughts are with Gigi. She's a strong woman and we know she'll be fine but her security team needs to be improved. Because something like should have never happened to her. As for the insane man show grabbed her, he needs help and should never be allowed to step foot into a fashion show again.
Watch the shocking footage below.