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Russell Brand

Booked for a FELONY!!!

3/16/2012 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Russell Brand was NOT arrested for a misdemeanor yesterday ... turns out it was a FELONY, and the late Steve Jobs may be to blame.

We did some digging and just found out ... in Louisiana property damage that exceeds $500 triggers a felony arrest.

You'll recall, Brand allegedly snatched a photog's iPhone Monday night and hurled it through a plate glass window.  The iPhone alone costs more than $500.

Here's the irony ... Russell tweeted a few days ago, "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory."

Steve Jobs famously believed he could charge a lot for the iPhone -- and did.  And now Russell is paying dearly for it.

The felony -- simple criminal damage -- is punishable by a maximum of 2 years in prison.

Now prosecutors must decide whether to go forward and file felony charges.

Stay tuned...

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1.

Joe    

Please either deport this idiot or force him to use soap and shampoo. He looks like, and is, such a dirtbag.

895 days ago
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Zer0    

Doesn't it depend on how old the phone is? Doesn't the property value decrease over time? Not that I care he got arrested. Seems a stupid thing to go to prison for.

895 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

WOW! He should have waited 6 months so the phone can be as outdated as my 2 year old laptop. Still, howsver anyone uses the phone is their own private business and who the hell is Russell Brand to try to change anyone but himself.

895 days ago
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FIVEONETWO    

Doubt that the dude's phone cost him over $500 if he bought it through AT&T, Verizon, etc.

895 days ago
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northern gypsy    

question...if convicted...does this affect his work visa in amercia??

895 days ago
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mikeman    

how is this a felony while starts who get dui's a misdemeanor? the way we punish people and what we punish them for is broken.

895 days ago
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mikeman    

how is this a felony and dui a misdemeanor. if brand is charged with a felony it's another piece of evidence for the hilarity of the united states criminal justice system.

895 days ago
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Fuck Celebrities    

Let me get this right... its Steve Jobs' fault that this mental midget poster boy for teenage girls' fashion that he destroyed a cell phone and window?

895 days ago
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Lauren     

Its utter CRAP to think that a man fed up with having his picture taken without his permission is possibly going to be charged with a felony, when the paparazzi, who stalk people and invade privacy get away with nothing. Sad... If the paparazzi can get away with their awful behavior, I believe the subjects of their work should be allowed to respond in any way, as long as neither cause physical harm to another.

895 days ago
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janet    

Lindsay Lohan stay in LA. You can't pull your BS any where else.

895 days ago
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writenow    

Rusell is loyal to a bad Apple. Siri doesn't work.

895 days ago
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Meanie    

Greasy slimey POS. Soap, shampoo and a f'g fire hose.

895 days ago
13.

ohboy    

@Stinkweasel- Worthless? I can think of many human beings that are worthless, but this guy is opposite of bad. He's a nice dude who has compassion for other human beings. Turned down 20 million in a divorce settlement, doesn't do drugs and quit drinking, and is known for being a homebody. I'm no fan, but you have to be a fool to call this guy worthless compared to the Lindsay Lohans out there.

895 days ago
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Melissa    

Louisiana blows goats!

895 days ago
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Madness    

Russell Brand's mistake was being fooled by the wonderful culture of New Orleans. He seems to have forgotten that it lies within the cesspool of tobacco chewing, wife beating, nascar watching Louisiana.

895 days ago
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