Russell Brand I'm Down to Pay for that Smashed Window

3/14/2012 3:00 AM PDT

Russell Brand
knows ... when you fire an iPhone through an office window ... ya gotta open your checkbook to make things right.

The man who was INSIDE the office during Brand's alleged outburst in New Orleans Monday night tells us ... people connected to the actor reached out to him shortly after Brand allegedly grabbed the phone from a paparazzo and threw it at the building.

We're told Brand's people acknowledged Russell threw the phone ... and said Brand would cover the costs to replace the shattered window.

As for the iPhone ... the man tells us he returned it to the photog after cops got involved.

So far, no word on how much Brand will have to shell out for the window.