Uh oh. Russell Brand's got some explaining to do. The hairy star has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after allegedly snatching a paparrazo’s phone and throwing it through a window.
Yesterday, a warrant was issued for his arrest and last night he was charged on two counts of simple criminal damage to property and then detained “without incident” in New Orleans.
According to TMZ, he was released after posting $5000 (£3,200) bail. The damage has been valued at $700 (£450), but apparently a crew member on his set has paid $240 (£153) to the photographer following the incidenton behalf of Russell.
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.”
Russell’s already tweeted his defence: “Since Steve Jobs died I can’t beat to see an iPhone used irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.” But something tells us the police are going to want more of an explanation from the comedian.
This isn’t the first run-in he’s had with the authorities. He was arrested in Los Angeles in 2010 after allegedly attacking a photographer, and last year he was deported from Japan. He’d been accompanying Katy Perry on her California Dreams tour. It is unknown why he was deported, but Katy Perry tweeted at the time: “It was for priors from over 10 years ago.”