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Russell Brand

I'm Fighting the B.S.

Felony Charge

3/18/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Russell Brand claims he was provoked by the paparazzi last Monday when he grabbed a photog's cell phone and threw it through a window -- and he's going to use provocation to fight any charge that might be filed against him ... sources close to Brand tell TMZ.

Brand was arrested Thursday for a felony, since the value of the window and the iPhone exceeded the $500 minimum for the crime.

Brand has hired a high-powered New Orleans lawyer -- Robert Glass. We're told if Brand is officially charged with the felony, Glass will argue that the damages were less than $500 -- Russell paid $240 to fix the window, and we're told Russell will claim damage to the iPhone was minor.

Brand is free on $5,000 bond.

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1.

BOB    

send him back to bagdad,,,ooops england,,,,no fish and chips here,

950 days ago
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jwoolman    

Hope this makes celebs think twice before having such temper tantrums. Paps are very annoying but dealing with them is the price of fame. There are classier ways. Most celebs manage it.

And yes, if you smash windows and try to destroy a several hundred dollar phone, there are consequences in the real world. Surprising that he wasn't more careful since he's deportable and has broken the law before. That's why he had some trouble getting into Canada.

950 days ago
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chris    

look closely, that doesnt even look like him

950 days ago
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Chuck    

I have a great Idea...flee the USA and return to England to never return to our country. Two problems solved...yours and ours.

950 days ago
5.

VladZu    

Can anyone guess what my comment will be? Um, I don't know...
Oh, I know...
RUSSEL BRAND SUCKS!

950 days ago
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Stiletto    

Yeppers...it is a real shame when some pathetic loser has to actually pay for his stupidity.

950 days ago
7.

MC    

Louisiana is known for corrupt justice...welcome to the "great" State of Louisiana Russell Brand

949 days ago
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Aleister    

He is a talentless hack. He's acting like he is an A-list movie star, and that he can do whatever he wants, but he's just a Z-list wannabe.

And if he grabbed my phone, I'd of broken his face.

949 days ago
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Alice    

This is such a waste of our tax dollars and exemplifies why there is little respect for the laws these days...he is no threat to society and has shown himself more than willing to repay anyone whose property was harmed.

949 days ago
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Sidle    

Don't you think the legal system is out of control when two people have a disagreement, a cell phone and a car window is damaged, and there is a FELONY charge?

949 days ago
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RedStilettos    

The man appears to be consistent - he always looks like an unkempt smelly little wheezer.

If you're going to add him to the prison population (prior to deportation), could you at least first run him through a carwash and perhaps a de-lousing tank?

Swear to gawd, I still think Katy was high for letting this oily creech anywhere near her.

949 days ago
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Darogr    

A couple of things.

He threw the phone through the window of a law firm, where somebody was working. He had no thought of hurting someone. It's just lucky the glass did not cut someone.

An old building in New Orleans could have very well had the original glass. A 240 dollar replacement is not the same kind of glass. He was lucky, especially considering it was a law firm, that the owners did not push for historically accurate glass. Not that he could not afford it, but it could have easily put it over the line of felony.

He's an A@@. Why isn't he England's problem?

949 days ago
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kerrybabyxx    

He's an ugly f##k,can't stand looking at at that beard or so british humour.boring....

949 days ago
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Anonymous    

BS charge? LOL, sorry you entitled POS. I don't care who you are, you don't grab things out of people's hands and throw it.

949 days ago
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CollinLeon    

He looks like a bum. In fact, I've seen street bums that looked better dressed.

949 days ago
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