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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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31.

Miki    

It's BS. I don't see why the paparazzi gets by with some of the things they do.

Not a huge fan of Russell, but he has more credit to his name than, we'll say...Kim K, Paris...

716 days ago
32.

Sincerity    

Sounds like a "PRETTY GOOD DEAL" considering the horrendous "OVER CROWDING" of jails in many parishes (counties) in Louisiana. The photographer wasn't hurt and iphones are cheap enough to replace!!! However, I sure Russell Brand's attorney made out "LIKE A BANDIT" IN LEGAL FEES!!!

716 days ago
33.

Nasious Cordova    

He was facing up to six months in jail?? **** you American judicial system! That is the stupidest thing I've heard! This is another reason why America is the most ****ed up nation on the face of this planet. I don't care either way about Russell Brand, however, I don't feel that a celebrity is ever at fault while engaging against an over zealous pap. In my opinion, there should be an anti harassment law that takes away any and all rights from a pap engaging a celebrity or psudo celebrity.

716 days ago
34.

GoodOnPaper    

the papps are really out of line - - time for laws preventing them from car pursuits or pics close enough that you don't need a zoom. in any venue, not just actors/esses. let's say a baseball field distance. they really are endangering EVERYONE on the road with their quest for pics. how many regular folk would put up with people in your face / space for unrequested photo ops?

716 days ago
35.

IceGypsy    

Love Russel, glad to hear that's over and done.

716 days ago
36.

Lisa    

He is gross and disgusting, and I don't mean his humor.

716 days ago
37.

gapchick101    

Someone please send him back on the fast boat to England pleeeaase??

715 days ago
38.

RedwoodPerch    

Is this the way our justice system works? He pleaded NOT GUILTY which means he is contesting the charges. I wasn't aware that it was the DA's duty to hand out sentences for people contesting the charges.

715 days ago
39.

Mike    

Shame, the stint in prison might of done him good. I can't stand this ugly stupid ****.

715 days ago
40.

CriticXtreme    

Damn, sad he won't go to jail but will be free to continue to make horrible appearance every where. That's the true crime. This again proves how white folks "just-us" is selective.

715 days ago
41.

Gretel    

Honey, I lived in New Orleans post-Katrina and they're always happy to do away with trash like you. You should have taken your anger out in Hollywood because a "celeb" like you would walk. Too bad azzwhole.

715 days ago
42.

Gretel    

Honey, I lived in New Orleans post-Katrina and they're always happy to do away with trash like you. You should have taken your anger out in Hollywood because a "celeb" like you would walk. Too bad azzwhole.

715 days ago
43.

Fiona    

you can come to my house Russell, I need help.

715 days ago
44.

ManBearPig    

He has to be THE most unfunny "comedian" to ever exit. He is no Louis C.K., George Carlin, Robert Schimmel, Ricky Gervais and SO many others that are/were ACTUAL COMEDIANS. How is this guy even put in the same class? His show is horrible too.

715 days ago
45.

peoplearesilly    

Watched his show last night for the first time. What a boring show, and stupid. Who in the hell finds him entertaining? Don't get it.

715 days ago
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