Russell Brand Runs into Trouble in New Orleans


Russell Brand. Photo credit: Orleans Parish Sheriff Office

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By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN

(CNN) — Actor Russell Brand is a free man today after being briefly jailed in New Orleans.

According to a rep for the New Orleans Police Department, the British comedian was picked up by authorities Thursday at Harrah’s Casino after he reportedly snatched a photographer’s phone and tossed it through a window earlier this week.

TMZ says Brand grabbed the photographer’s iPhone on Monday when he tried to take a picture of the actor and threw it at the window of a downtown business, shattering the glass – an incident Brand seems to admit to on Twitter.

On Wednesday he wrote, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently … what I did was a tribute to his memory.”

The cops say the actor has been charged with simple criminal damage to property.

They also report that Brand posted a $5,000 bond and was quickly released from custody.

“The Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star – who was recently granted a divorce from pop star Katy Perry – is in New Orleans filming an untitled movie produced by Mandate Pictures.

Written by “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody, the film also reportedly stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, “Dancing With the Stars” champ Julianne Hough, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter.

— CNN’s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.

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