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Russell Brand

SENTENCED

for iPhone Smash

7/26/2012 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Russell Brand will NOT go to jail for smashing a paparazzo's iPhone in New Orleans a few months ago ... after cutting a deal with prosecutors early this morning.

We broke the story ... the New Orleans District Attorney charged Brand with misdemeanor criminal damage for throwing the phone through a glass window during a heated confrontation back in March.

Brand's attorney plead NOT GUILTY on the actor's behalf this morning -- but the two sides worked out a deal in which the case will be dismissed if Brand pays $500 in court fees and performs 20 hours of community service by August 31.

It's a good deal for Brand ... who was facing up to 6 months in jail if convicted.

Brand's attorney says the actor plans to satisfy his community service by working with people battling addiction.

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16.

Tee    

deport him asap

817 days ago
17.

MrHarrybawls2010    

Probably the creepiest , ugliest and most untalented "celebrity" I have ever had the misfortune of seeing on my TV screen. Someone please throw a large block of ice right at his head....my azz is better looking than this guy's face.

817 days ago
18.

Quinn    

This story is so flipping ridiculous - him even being charged - that it makes me want to smash someone's iphone through a window

817 days ago
19.

Robin    

I wonder how this affects his ability to visit the US or was part of the deal an arrangement that it wasn't enough of a criminal record to bar entry?

817 days ago
20.

DaveT    

Up to six months in jail if you smash a cell phone.
Or you can chloroform your little daughter, duct tape her mouth, tie her up, lock her in car trunks, kill her, throw her away like an old pair of shoes...and walk away free and clear.

817 days ago
21.

oink    

How can he plead not Guilty, He himself said he did it in honor of Steve Jobs..

817 days ago
22.

taz    

How is it he gets fined and comm. service but the paps can do what ever they want and no consequences?

817 days ago
23.

oink    

He looks, Nasty.

817 days ago
24.

some guy    

Lesson learned: Anyone with a picture of Russell Brand should immediately smash their phone for their reprehensible taste. Is homeless chic even a look?

817 days ago
25.

parlayer    

violent twit, what about the damage?? empty bag of chips. (buffalo chips)

817 days ago
26.

LDB    

Why is he famous exactly?

817 days ago
27.

brad    

I bet not many people will give a crap if Russell Brand gets arrested for whatever stupid thing he does in a year or two. He's most famous for being the slimeball FORMER husband of Katy Perry (a genuine superstar musician). How anyone could not get along with a hot looking, talented girl like Katy I have no idea. Katy's got a good personality too. I think Russell just wanted to "shag" any girl that caught his eye like he always has. That's probably the real reason they divorced. I bet Katy will find herself a far more impressive guy than Russell before long. Katy ought to try to get a date with A-list actor Taylor Kitsch. That guy is close to her age and just about all the chicks think he's a stud.

817 days ago
28.

Nvts    

He should just stay out of the U.S.

817 days ago
29.

jazz    

I hope he has to pay for the iphone and glass too.

817 days ago
30.

sandiegogal    

This guy is a total ****tard. Why is he even famous? He tries too hard to be funny and it doesn't even work

817 days ago
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