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Russell Brand arrested for criminal damage

The actor was shooting a movie in New Orleans

Russell Brand arrested for criminal damage

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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