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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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61.

pat    

Can we not send this very ugly looking brit back to England-or does England shutter at the thought he might come back---

766 days ago
62.

Dr Porn    

This dude is three kinds of crazy

766 days ago
63.

Juju    

If he'd have thrown a phone belonging to a native New Orleanian, they would have shot his ass.

766 days ago
64.

Erin    

I see a lot of negative things against Brand. Yes what he did was wrong but if there were always cameras in my face I would get angry too. It could have been handled better but sometimes stress gets the better of us and we all have done something stupid and made bad decisions before.

766 days ago
65.

junglegirl979    

I don't like him!

766 days ago
66.

Julian Terris    

What a spoiled brat. Obviously he's not ready for Hollywood -maybe he should "pop" back to Basingstoke for some "Anger Management"

766 days ago
67.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

This is the one time in life when 20/20 vision is not a good thing.

766 days ago
68.

rammsteinxx    

lmao gotta love him

765 days ago
69.

Dreammary    

I like Russell Brand, hes a funny bloke. ;)

765 days ago
70.

LARRY     

HA HA your a loser

765 days ago
71.

niceguyaz    

Russell Brand is a drug addict. Deport him back to England!

765 days ago
72.

john    

has there ever been anyone so un-American living in the in the USA. He looks and sound sfrom another planet ....whose occupants are obviously are very annoying to us mere earthlings ..... any of our American girls should ever date this guy should be made to leave the planet with him .....where the bfbeep is about ...why does he have money ...h is a jerk ...apprantly this is proof that anyone can make it in the USA .... is he legal here ? he is an alien ....PLEASE GOD LET HIM SPEND 6 MONTHS IN JAIL ... PLEASE ....THE JUDGE WHO SENTENCES THIS GUY TO JAIL SHOULD BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. HANDS DOWN ... PLEASE PLEASE .....

765 days ago
73.

john    

If Jesus had a trevy brother ..this is what he looked like.

765 days ago
74.

Frank Blazejewski    

I feel bad for the *******s who don't understand his genius

765 days ago
75.

stolar    

I dont know all the "facts" maybe...but...if some paparazzi chased him, then I can understand to some extent that people can get "frustrated" over never being able to have some privacy.

Celebs do also have the right to a little integrity and privacy no?...

765 days ago
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