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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.

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31.

SYLVI212    

Does he EVER wash and/or comb his hair?

785 days ago
32.

gamepro    

hes not a good comedian imo and ok a iphone is only like 400 bucks which is nothing to him

785 days ago
33.

peoplearesilly    

Seriously, he needs to learn how to wash his hair and clothes.

785 days ago
34.

Gretel    

He's just too creepy. Way, way too creepy. I lived in NOLA for a few years, and it's lucky for him he took the phone from a photog because if he would have taken it from a local he probably would have ended up dead. New Orleans is a fabulous place but there is one hell of an undercurrent that exists there.

785 days ago
35.

oink    

Nasty Looking.

785 days ago
36.

mebrat24    

i phone $500
window #500


will file one charge of misdemeanor criminal damage to property
hows that work----------

785 days ago
37.

barnyardhumor    

Needs a good bath and what's with those Charles Manson eyes?

785 days ago
38.

BARB    

EKE you mean this guy was in my state and i was not warned. He looks like CHARLES MANSON

785 days ago
39.

Joey    

What a bad picture lol

785 days ago
40.

Meanie    

Every time I see this guy, I want to smash his ugly face in.

785 days ago
41.

John_Dunkel    

I would like to see Russell Brands greencard please.

785 days ago
42.

Kelly    

Am I the only person that sees a STRONG resemblence to Charles Manson?

785 days ago
43.

Del    

What a waste of court time. Buy the crybaby another iPhone, pay for the window and be done with it. This is just a case of charging him because of who he is.

785 days ago
44.

Ashlyn    

He looks like a terrorist in this picture...

785 days ago
45.

buzz kill    

Look like Charlie Manson, he even talks crazy.

785 days ago
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