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Russell Brand arrested for allegedly smashing window with phone

Updated at 3:50 p.m. PT: On Monday, Russell Brand found himself in hot water down in the Big Easy, when he allegedly snatched a photographer's cell phone and threw it through a nearby law firm's window. Photos from Us: Major celebrity meltdowns A warrant from the New Orleans police department was issued for his arrest soon after, and the actor, who offered to pay for the property damage, turned hi
British actor Russell Brand is pictured in this booking photograph handout released by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office March 15, 2012. An arrest warrant for Brand has been issued in New Orleans, after a photographer accused the British comedian and actor of grabbing his iPhone and tossing it through a window on Monday, police said on Thursday. REUTERS/Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
British actor Russell Brand is pictured in this booking photograph handout released by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office March 15, 2012. An arrest warrant for Brand has been issued in New Orleans, after a photographer accused the British comedian and actor of grabbing his iPhone and tossing it through a window on Monday, police said on Thursday. REUTERS/Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSToday

Updated at 3:50 p.m. PT: On Monday, Russell Brand found himself in hot water down in the Big Easy, when he allegedly snatched a photographer's cell phone and threw it through a nearby law firm's window.

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A warrant from the New Orleans police department was issued for his arrest soon after, and the actor, who offered to pay for the property damage, turned himself into custody Thursday.

On Wednesday, Brand, who filed for divorce from Katy Perry in December, posted an explanation to his Twitter after details of the incident got out.

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"Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently. What I did was a tribute to his memory," the comedian, 36, tweeted, referring to Apple's late CEO, who passed away in October.

The alleged victim of the phone snatching was said to be snapping photos of the actor using the device.

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As of Thursday early evening, Brand was being held on $5,000 bail and was being charged with simple criminal damage, $500 to $50,000, per his booking documents.