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.