TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Russell Brand

To Be CHARGED

for iPhone-Smashing

7/25/2012 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0724_russell_brand_mug_shotRussell Brand will be charged with a crime for throwing a paparazzi's iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans back in March ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ...  the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office has finally decided to go forward and prosecute the actor ... and will file one charge of misdemeanor criminal damage to property against Brand sometime today.

TMZ broke the story ... Russell was initially named in a police report on March 12 after snatching a cell phone away from a photog ... and firing it through the window of a nearby building.

Russell turned himself in to police on March 15 ... and explained his actions on Twitter -- "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory."

Brand has already prepared himself for a legal battle -- as we reported, the actor has preemptively hired a high-powered New Orleans attorney to fight any possible charges in the case.

If convicted, Brand faces 6 months in jail.

99 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

coco    

Please send this dude back to the UK!

799 days ago
2.

kim is a publicity whore    

this guy is ****ing ugly

799 days ago
3.

What You Really Want To See    

You want a funny Brit with long hair? Go with Ross Noble. Bucket load funnier than Brand.

799 days ago
4.

MrHarrybawls2010    

I would love to throw this uglyazz weirdo off a cliff onto a pile of old rusted out mining equipment.

799 days ago
5.

Marie    

Wow. I guess New Orleans doesn't play around. If this had happened in L.A., they would have never charged him.

799 days ago
6.

EggsOverEasy    

Not a big russell fan, but why did it take so long to charge him.. if any one looks a little douchy it is the New Orleans cops.. Sh*t or get off the pot already.. And Russell if you read this, and I know you are, you should have handled this yourself, and bought the guy a new phone, maybe said your sorry.. I saw the clothes you were wearing that day, anyone with a camera should have been chasing you down to preserve the shame, and yes you have every right to wear whatever it is you want, but just between you and me you made a bad choice that day.. I mean really do you really want to dress like my 14 year old daughter? Even she was like Uh... when she saw the pic of you in your skinny's and high heels.. Time to get a little more sophisticated bro..

799 days ago
7.

bmwm369    

Hope they deport the d-bag.

799 days ago
8.

Carla    

LOL. This is not surprising but 6 months?? you've got to be kidding.

799 days ago
9.

sue    

He needs to wash his hair, clean himself up.
A little soap and water goes along way.

799 days ago
10.

Blue Lake    

Used to like him before that. Now he's just another dumb bully.

799 days ago
11.

livia    

he looks like he needs a good hosing down with lysol

799 days ago
12.

BOB    

filthy pig,,,take a bath,,,you look like you have bedbugs ,,,

799 days ago
13.

It's Dave    

Six months for a misdemeanor in the overcrowded jail system of New Orleans for trowing an IPhone through a window? Just make him pay for the window and the IPhone and make him pick up trash around the city for a couple of weekends.

799 days ago
14.

wingedmonkey    

this queem just grabbed the wrong person's iphone! to bad he didn't grab the phone of someone with a pair! he would have gotten a good old all america ass whooping!

799 days ago
15.

Mae    

Well...he has got the psycho-in-a-mugshot look nailed already!

799 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web