updated 06/03/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/03/2014 AT 2:05 PM ET
The serial red-carpet crasher who ambushed Brad Pitt last week admits he brought trouble on himself, but says he meant no harm and doesn’t need the psychiatric counseling that was part of his criminal sentencing.
“I’m not complaining because I created this trouble for myself, but at the same time, I’m upset with the slandering,” Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk – “deemed by Pitt himself – tells PEOPLE.
Sediuk, 25, was involved in a scuffle with the actor, 50, at last Wednesday’s Maleficent premiere in Los Angeles. But he claims he just wanted to hug the star.
“I saw the headlines saying he was punched in the face, which was absolutely not true,” says Sediuk, who has made news in the past for hugging stars like Bradley Cooper around the waist and placing his head in their crotches. “I was going for a hug I have done this many times before, and I have never hit or punch someone. That would be something different. That is criminal.”
Many have grown tired of his antics, however. Sediuk has caused disruptions in Moscow, New York and at the Cannes Film Festival, where he crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress, for which he was fired by Ukrainian TV studio 1+1.
He has also unnerved Hollywood, with Pitt saying Sediuk could “spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd.”
A court took a dim view of Sediuk last week, too, sentencing him to three years of probation and a year of psychiatric counseling after he pleaded no contest to battery charges. For his part, Sediuk claims he isn’t crazy, though he will submit to the counseling and sees it as a learning experience.
“I upset a lot of people, but I also entertained a lot of people,” says the now-unemployed journalist, who remained jovial throughout the interview despite frequent apologizes for his difficulty with the English language. “I think these classes will give me some new experiences, even though I don’t think I need them. But I’m obligated to take them.”