Written by Melanie Burton, September 23, 2016

Gigi Hadid has spoken out after being involved in a scary situation on Thursday morning, where she was picked up by a former Ukrainian TV reporter Vitalii Sediuk outside a Milan Fashion Week venue.

A video posted by TMZ shows him grabbing Gigi from behind and lifting her off the ground, before she broke out of his grip and screamed: “Let go of me!”

A bodyguard helped her into the car, and she told him to “go find that guy.”

In an email to The Associated Press, Vitalii confirmed that he’d picked Gigi up, saying it was a form of protest against the use of celebrity models. Um, okay then…

“While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion,” he said.

“By doing this I encourage fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram. You can call it a manifest or a protest.”

Gigi fights off her attacker…

Gigi was on the Fendi runway just hours after, and she took to Twitter to comment on her response to the incident – defending herself after someone posted a screengrab of a news report, before suggesting a different headline.

The amended headline read: “GOOD FOR HER: Gigi Hadid Reacts In Totally Appropriate Way When Random Man Tries To Lift Her In The Street.”

Gigi wrote: ” THANK YOU Rachel. To unknown article writer: fan?!!! The ACTUAL fans that were there can tell you what happened. I’m a HUMAN BEING.

“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 (sic).”

Vitalii has done similar stunts before – causing Kim Kardashian to stumble in a Paris Fashion Week event two years ago, and spending two days in jail after jostling with Brad Pitt at a Los Angeles film premiere in 2014.

He also crawled underneath actress America Ferrera’s dress at a film premiere at Cannes festival.

What is with this guy?! Good on G though for whipping out her fighting skills!

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