In this scene, Russian actress Evelina Bledans physically assaults a member of the audience on a talk show after she chastises the actress for having a baby at the age of 49.
Evelina Bledens, a 49-year-old Russian actress from Ukraine, is expecting and had been invited onto the show “Live” to discuss her personal journey getting pregnant so late in life. Ms. Bledans’ pregnancy was achieved through IVF (in vitro fertilization) in order to fulfil her dream of having a daughter.
While on the show, an audience member named Elena Lebedeva was handed the microphone and proceeded to chastise Ms. Bledans for having a child so late in life. Ms. Bledans is also the mother to a young boy with down syndrome, and Lebedeva directly inquired whether she wanted to give birth to another sick child. “Society does not need a sick child”, she said.
During Lebedeva’s verbal assault, Ms. Bledans repeatedly tries to calmly interrupt but to no avail.
Finally, Ms. Bledans was fed up with the woman’s attacks on her disabled son and went up to her and slapped her saying, “You wretch, I will smack you! This is for my child, understand?”.
Many of the crowd in the background were keen to back up the actress, asking the hosts of the show to remove her from the set due to her rude conduct. The actress then added, “You can say anything about me, but leave my children alone!”.
Ms. Bledans’ down syndrome-afflicted son Semyon was born in 2012. Ms. Bledans shares custody with TV producer Alexander Semia, with whom she is now divorced. Her eldest son Nikolay, aged 24, lives in Israel. She is expecting a new baby girl within the next year.