Russell Brand charged over phone throwing incident
27 Jul 2012
Round 2 between Brand and photographers.Russell Brand has been ordered to do 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of $500 after being charged with throwing a photographer's iPhone through a window in New Orleans. Brand can complete his community service “at any charity or agency anywhere, whether it be California or England,” according to his lawyer.
The original altercation between Brand and the photographer took place in March. Brand was arrested on March 15th by New Orleans police after a photographer accused him of taking his iPhone and throwing it through a window, breaking the glass in a downtown law office. Brand was charged with one count of misdemeanour criminal damage to property and released shortly after his arrest.
Brand’s lawyer entered a plea of not guilty in New Orleans Municipal Court on the misdemeanour charge related to the phone-throwing incident. After the plea, the judge ordered the community service as an alternative to criminal prosecution. A charge of simple criminal damage to property valued under $500 can carry a penalty of up to six months in prison and a $500 fine. If Brand completes the community service, the charges will be dismissed.
The British actor has had several other run-ins with the law and with photographers in the past. In 2010, he was arrested on suspected battery charges for an attack on a photographer at a Los Angeles airport and he was deported from Japan last year as a result of his criminal history when he tried to visit Katy Perry on her concert tour in the country.