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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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31.

BB not bb    

Poor guy I hope he wins. His wife just left him to go find an alien or whatever. He is under terrible stress. He is willing to pay for all damages but some people just like to harrass the hippies. He should fight for his rights.


Don't people have compassion any more? Do they really want Russel Brand in the Louisianna State Penn? I can only imagine what those inmates would do to a silly guy like him in there. You might as well lock him in a cage with pit bulls.

885 days ago
32.

jlg    

Knob

885 days ago
33.

victory    

How far can the paparazzi go antagonizing 'celebrities' and not be reprimanded? Why should Russell Brand be punished ? Doesn't make sense.

885 days ago
34.

EggsOverEasy    

It should be a felony to wear those clothes..

885 days ago
35.

King of TMZ    

Russel Bran is going to defend his name and "Brand" :D as he hired lawyer Robert "Glass" :D for his felony about breaking Glass :D lol

Love this Bran drama

885 days ago
36.

Phil    

Why is he dressed like a Selena Gomez wanna-be?

885 days ago
37.

Dr Hardwicke    

Somethin is very wron with the law that does not allow any individual to protect and defend his personal space.
These photo creeps can buy a lens that allows them to count the pimples on his nasty face from a mile away so why do they have to stick their camera 2 inches from his face? It is rude and it is unsafe, what if one of his eyes was damaed because some dim with felt he had a right to take a photo? Every person should have a minimum of 6 feet of personal area around his body and the right to slap down those who invade it? How would you like some street freak shoving a camera up to your wife or girlfriends face just because he wanted a little reminder for later that night?
Try pushing a camera up into the face of some Congressman and you will wind up beaten and in jail.

885 days ago
38.

Tanya    

Leave him alone! Maybe thats all that had to be done in the first place! Just to be left alone! U don't have to follow the guy everywhere and practically be a stalker and when he gets mad, everyone blames him! I would've stuck that phone in that paps ass!

885 days ago
39.

Marco    

What a nasty looking POS!!! YUK!!! I hate his movies.

885 days ago
40.

Maisog    

Deport him.

885 days ago
41.

Areader    

Russell Brand has had some funny roles in recent movies, that said, at the end of the day he is an angry Brit!

885 days ago
42.

dean    

the video and pictures are worth more then $500

885 days ago
43.

David    

What a homely idiot...

885 days ago
44.

levi    

Wow. It's way too easy to get a felony in this country.

885 days ago
45.

Blue Lake    

Go to court. Let the jury send him to the death penalty. He deserves it.

884 days ago
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