Russell Brand Arrested for Cell Phone Throwing Incident

“Get Him to the Greek” star Russell Brand turns himself in to New Orleans police after arrest warrant is issued

Last Updated: March 15, 2012 @ 6:26 PM

Russell Brand has been placed under arrest and is currently in the custody of the New Orleans Police Department after allegedly grabbing a paparazzo's iPhone and throwing it through a window.

Also read: Arrest Warrant Issued for Russell Brand in New Orleans

British comedian Brand (seen at left in his booking photo from Thursday) turned himself in on Thursday, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has been charged with damage to property and battery.

Brand's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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The arrest stems from an incident Monday night, when an apparently agitated Brand snatched the phone away from the photographer and tossed it from a building window.

The comedian, who's in New Orleans filming an untitled Diablo Cody movie, jested about the incident on Twitter earlier this week, writing, "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory."

This isn't Brand's first run-in with the paparazzi. In October 2010, he lashed out at a group of photographers, claiming that they were trying to take photos under then-fiancee Katy Perry's skirt.


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