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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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46.

Jean    

Creepy.... Looks like Charles Manson

729 days ago
47.

Joesph    

All joking aside.. is it me or does he kina look like Jesus

729 days ago
48.

dexter    

the reason this guy is in the states is because he made a prank call to an old well known actor in the uk and he took it to far,when the **** hit the fan he left the uk

729 days ago
49.

LDB    

And they say Americans are dumb...

729 days ago
50.

Bagman    

GOOD now please deport him for not being funny and always looking like he smells bad also

729 days ago
51.

Jules Destaing    

What a D-Bag.

729 days ago
52.

Different Rules Apply    

Charles Manson comes to mind....it's always in the eyes.

729 days ago
53.

andy    

Well, . . . If ever, anyone had a need to envision what Jesus Christ would look like on meth, . . . well, . . . here you go!!!

729 days ago
54.

doodoopapah    

Good. Give hin the death penalty.

729 days ago
55.

outofmyelement    

If a celebrity can be sent to jail for 6 months for throwing a stupid cell phone just imagine what can happen to regular people for doing the same

729 days ago
56.

TM    

Is it me or is he looking a little Howard Hughish

729 days ago
57.

Penny    

Dude is crazy and SO NOT HOT. He looks like an old dog.

729 days ago
58.

Really!?    

Didn't he already pay to get the window repaired? Either way it is a waste of time. It is just another thing that can be settled out of court without wasting the court's time.

729 days ago
59.

LindaPP    

Police charged him with Grand Creepiness.

729 days ago
60.

LindaPP    

Charged with Grand Creepiness.

729 days ago
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