Apparently, throwing iPhones is the new "punching-out-paparazzi." First came Naomi Campbell, then Russell Crowe, followed by Chris Brown’s iPhone smashing antics and now Russell Brand is being prosecuted on iPhone tossing charges.
Back in March while Russell was filming a movie in New Orleans, the actor/comedian turned himself into police when he angrily snatched a cell phone away from a paparazzi and flung it through the window of a nearby building. Apparently, the act was done in memory of Steve Jobs. Steve would be so proud.
“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 and Apple products vigilante wrote on Twitter.
He’s now being charged with a crime. Snatching and throwing phones is apparently worth one charge of misdemeanor criminal damage.
Assistant DA for New Orleans Parish Christopher Bowman told Hollyscoop, “I can confirm this bill of information. This is a misdemeanor 1 count of criminal damage to property that was filed against Mr. Brand. This has gone to the municipal court and they will set a date for arraignment.”
Deputy Batt with New Orleans Municipal Court tells Hollyscoop, "Russell Brand's arraignment is set for 9:00 a.m tomorrow morning."
Russell already hired a New Orleans attorney back in March, paid $240 to fix the window and posted a $5,000 bond at the time of his arrest. Word is that the minimum amount of damage to charge someone with "criminal damage" is $500, so brand will probably argue that the window and phone damage wasn't worth that much.
If convicted, Brand could face six months in jail, but since he’s a celebrity, it will probably be more like 10 hours of community service.