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Russell Brand

Arrest Warrant Issued

for iPhone Toss

3/15/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Russell Brand
isn't out of the fire for tossing a paparazzo's iPhone -- New Orleans police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

New Orleans PD tells TMZ a misdemeanor warrant for simple criminal damage to property was issued tonight ... following Brand's run-in with a pap on Monday.

Brand is accused of grabbing the photog's iPhone and hurling it through the window of a nearby law firm.

As TMZ first reported ... people connected to Brand contacted the law firm and said the actor would be willing to pay for the damage to the window.

Russell is still in New Orleans filming a movie. We contacted a rep for the production ... who refused to comment on the warrant.

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46.

bambam4LSU     

Chris Rock “attacks” the camera that is recording his interaction with the author. oh wait, my bad he's bl-ack
and Brand is W hite.......

863 days ago
47.

buzz kill    

This guy is creepy. He looks like a homeless bum. Does he have any shirts with buttons? He could use a haircut and bath. I wonder if he smells as bad as he looks.

863 days ago
48.

Hazel Hayes    

He is such a tool. Why does anybody have anything to do with this guy?

863 days ago
49.

Meanie    

God I hate this fucq'ing idiot. Die already.

863 days ago
50.

SLH    

the guy was using an iphone as a recording device? thats not a photog or even a papp, that's just an intruder on his personal space. Russell wouldn't do it without just cause, he's a good guy

863 days ago
51.

cindy    

He threw it into a law office....haha... What are the odds? What an idiot.

863 days ago
52.

Who Knew    

Good, now pull his Visa and deport is stupid a$$ out of here.

863 days ago
53.

ME    

He would have gotten away with it if he were black ie. chris brown,chris rock...this is so racist!!!

863 days ago
54.

Mike    

It couldn't have been Russell. I happen to know he was at the beach in Orange County, CA.
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/41760...1_36560...0013472796_100000684023695_1151400_1867168529_n.jpg

863 days ago
55.

Sue    

Ya know...I don't blame him... somehow these crazy photographers gotta be stopped.... I would willingly paid for damage to make a point....

863 days ago
56.

Chantal    

Must have been a slow news day. It is about time someone got in the paparazzo's face. Do you remember how they were treating Bobby Brown when he arrived at LAX after Whitney died? Yes I know being in the public eye makes you fodder for the unrelenting, rude and irresponsible photogs. But enough is enough I would imagine. If we didn't want to see or read about public figures then the pap's would be out of a job. The question then becomes when dealing with pap's how much is too much and when do they cross that fine line.

863 days ago
57.

Willy Brown    

A royal douche bag!

863 days ago
58.

road_angel    

Darn Papparazzi there sickening always in your face and in your business. Bunch of low lifes who can't find a real job but to annoy people. They need to change the laws for these scavangers so they can't bother people so freely. No ones learn from Princess Diana's death I see.

863 days ago
59.

Populist    

Everybody chill. He did not hurt anybody and he is paying for the damage. The paparazzi can be obnoxious.

862 days ago
60.

xxxtrueangelxxx    

rusell brand is a complete idiot cant stand him hes so scruffy he needs a good bath and to wash his clothes he looks like a tramp cut off that hair he really is the most annoying celeb

860 days ago
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