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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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31.

Fabienne    

I hope that place isn't embarassing itself any more than all the horrible crimes that seem to be business as usual there. And why all the hate towards RB? He might not be your taste in a bf but he isn't as wreckless as Lindsay or Brooke Meuller or the like. Honestly that rowdy town should be grateful that so many film companies are spending money there and maybe the horrible photog should have gotten the speaking to not Russell being roughed up and mug shot taken. He is probably innocent to the behavior of a place like that.

848 days ago
32.

Seldombinlaid    

Tell him to get Chipmunk Browns attorney. Chipmunk just lied through his Alvin teeth. See what telling the truth, and making things right will by you Russell.

848 days ago
33.

Phil    

Russell Brand should have been arrested long ago for his lack of humor on screen. The remake of Arthur alone should give him a sentence of life in prison. I hope the courts do us all a favor and keep Russell in a padded cell to protect the public from any potential future films.

848 days ago
34.

VladZu    

Hey TMZ, are you sure he wasn't arrested on a charge of impersonating a vacuum? Because...
RUSSEL BRAND SUCKS!

848 days ago
35.

Suzy Q     

It'll be dealt down to a misdemeanor, fine, anger management class and community service. Morgue again? Is that going to be the new place for celebrity rehab?

848 days ago
36.

Alice    

So how are we to have any faith in our legal system if this is what it has come to? He took care of everything before he was arrested...no one involved pressed charges that I am aware and they arrested him to fill their jails and to get his money...has nothing to do with justice for sure!

848 days ago
37.

TheVolleyballGod    

this clown will do anything to keep his name in the media and relevant including setting up this whole thing so he could get busted

848 days ago
38.

RaffyBStatenIsland    

His hair is a bigger crime than what he actually did.

848 days ago
39.

Stacey    

There are far worse things that our government needs to deal with then someone losing their cell phone. Get over it and move on! How about arresting some of the druggies and murders?!

848 days ago
40.

parlayer    

Bad Judgment in a hissy fit is often common! and You usually get what you ask for. sooner or later.

848 days ago
41.

rosa    

Throw the iphone at him..........oops I mean throw the book at him LMAO

848 days ago
42.

pluv    

.....and what ever happened to Chirs Brown and his cell phone robbery?????

848 days ago
43.

John    

Now's one of those times he wishes he took Katy Perry on those millions.

848 days ago
44.

J    

One ugly looking Brit. Hopefully he will get a good hose down while in the pokey. Please Warden..lots of soap and shampoo for this bloak. Yuck.

848 days ago
45.

MC    

With all of the crime in New Orleans this incident should be the least of their worries. He paid for the window, charge him, pay a fine and move on.

848 days ago
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