The Things They'd Do For Love

The Attack On Brad Pitt By The Cowardly Crazy Girl At Venice

The Pop Report by Omar P.L. Moore/

September 6, 2007

In two weeks, Brad Pitt's new film, the long-delayed and much-troubled "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" opens in New York, Toronto, Austin and Los Angeles before expanding to other cities in the U.S. and Canada on September 28.

At the Venice International Film Festival on Sunday, Pitt was in Venice for the film, signing autographs for hundreds of adoring fans -- mostly screaming young women -- when one woman, bolted from the left of the picture in the video (and its various incarnations) that you are about to see below and gripped her arms around Pitt's neck in an attempt to embrace him.  The star angrily responded and within a millisecond security grabbed the woman and whisked her away.  The actor continued to sign autographs and talk with some of his fans, to his credit, as if nothing happened.

One can only imagine if the woman had instead plunged a knife into Mr. Pitt's neck, instead of gripped her arms around it.  The question begs to be asked: where was the security on the right hand side of Mr. Pitt?  Asleep at the wheel?  Pitt seems to be shouting, either at the woman, or at the security team just a second after the attack takes place.

The woman is shown detained by security officials and gives the camera a wave.  When so-called fans do desperate, crazy things -- when "fans" attack, stalk, or even murder the celebrities they claim to be amorous of (remember Rebecca Schaeffer, the 21-year-old American sitcom star killed in 1989?), how can security people take their eye off the ball?  California became the first American state to have anti-stalking laws following the murder of Schaeffer. 

And with the recent commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in Paris in late August 1997 when paparazzi besieged her car during a hot pursuit through the streets of Paris, it may not be so hard to say where admiration and adoration ends, and obsession and recklessness begins.

It is too bad that Angelina Jolie wasn't there with Pitt in Venice to go Tomb Raider on that young fan's little . . .

(Courtesy You Tube)

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