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Russell Brand arrested by photographer after 'altercation' at airport

09/17/2010 by Corinne Heller

Russell Brand speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at Katy Perry's fiancee  attends a march Victoria's Secret party to mark swimsuit catalog's 15  years. Russell Brand was on Friday involved in an "altercation" at Los Angeles International Airport with a celebrity photographer, who placed him under citizen's arrest, while the British actor and comedian has been taken into custody for battery.

Brand's fiance, singer Katy Perry, witnessed the confrontation, an airport spokesperson said, adding that Brand will later be booked at a police station elsewhere. Perry later said he had tried to protect her from the photographer. Brand has not yet commented..

Most U.S. states allow arrests by non-law enforcement officials, although some impose more restrictions than others.

Perry, 25 and 35-year-old Brand, a controversial comedian and former MTV host who shot to fame in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, are believed to have begun dating in the fall of 2009. They announced their engagement in January.

Perry has joked that Brand, a reformed sex and drug addict, "used to basically be a professional prostitute" before he started dating her. The two are set to wed in October, according to UK media reports.

Perry told OnTheRedCarpet.com in April that plans for her wedding are "going great" because Brand is planning the event, adding: "He has really good taste. He buys those brides' magazines and stuff."

Brand has recently been filming a remake of the 1981 film Arthur with actress Helen Mirren.

Glam rock singer and American Idol alum Adam Lambert was also involved in a confrontation with a celebrity photographer recently. A man told Miami police the 28-year-old wrestled him to the ground and tried to take away his camera after he snapped photos of him on a beach. Lambert denies using violence but says he did try to grab the camera and lost his temper.