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article imageRussell Brand charged for smashing photographer's cellphone

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By Layne Weiss     Jul 25, 2012 in Entertainment
New Orleans - Actor-comedian Russell Brand will be charged for throwing a paparazzi's iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans in March, TMZ reports. Brand will be charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property.
Brand turned himself into police on March 15, TMZ reports. He then explained his actions through a tweet saying "Since Steve Jobs died, I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently. What I did was a tribute to his memory." The tweet received well over 50 retweets and favorites.
Brand had been in New Orleans shooting the film Lamb Of God, E! Online reports.
Back in March, TMZ reported that Brand had agreed to pay for the smashed window. He was still arrested, however, for his actions, but was released on $5,000 bond.
Initially, it was unclear whether the comic actor would be charged with a felony for the damage. He hired New Orleans attorney Robert Glass to defend him. If his client had been charged with a felony, Glass would have argued that the damages cost less than $500. Brand paid $240 to fix the window.
The New Orleans Parish District Attorney's office finally decided that Brand should be charged only with a misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces 6 months in jail.
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