March 16, 2012
Russell Brand arrested for criminal damage
The actor was shooting a movie in New Orleans
Russell Brand has been arrested for criminal damage in the US.
The comedian and actor was detained ''without incident'' in New Orleans after police issued a warrant for on a charge of criminal damage to property valued at $700 (£450).
A photographer accused Brand of grabbing his smartphone and throwing it through a window, according to BBC News. Bail was set at $5,000 (£3,200), a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said.
Remi Braden, director of public affairs at the New Orleans Police Department, said: "Officers picked up Mr Brand from Harrah's Casino, where he was working on a film. He was arrested without incident."
Brand has made light of the incident, saying his actions were in tribute to Steve Jobs, tweeting: ''Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory."
Police say he threw the paparazzi photographer's phone through the window of a nearby law firm.
Brand is in New Orleans filming Lamb Of God, the directorial debut from Diablo Cody.
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