Russell Brand charged with community service over iPhone incident
Russell Brand was charged with community service for allegedly throwing photographer's iPhone through a window in New Orleans in March.
The comedian must perform 20 hours of community service and pay a $500 court fee for the misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property. Brand did not appear at the court hearing, which was held in Municipal Court in New Orleans on the morning of July 26. His attorney Robert Glass entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.
Glass told the Associated Press that the case would be dismissed if the actor provides proof that he completed his community service requirement by August 31. According to Glass, Brand hopes to fulfill his required hours through his charitable work with people suffering from addictions. The actor and comedian is the patron of Focus 12, a UK charity which specializes in the treatment of alcohol and substance misuse.
Following the incident, which took place on March 15, Brand turned himself in when an arrest warrant was issued following a confrontation with a celebrity photographer, who accused Brand of throwing his iPhone through the window of a nearby law firm office.
An arrest warrant over a "simple damage charge for the amount of $700" was issued. Brand turned himself in on Thursday afternoon and was booked just before 4:15 p.m. local time. His bail was set at $5,000. The jail's booking system announced at 4:38 p.m. local time that Brand had been released.
The 36-year-old, who was in the state to film a Diablo Cody movie, had joked about the incident.
"Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently," Brand Tweeted on Wednesday. "What I did was a tribute to his memory."
Jobs, the late CEO and co-founder of Apple, which manufactures the iPhone, died last year. Depending on the model, the amount of memory installed in it and whether or not it comes with a provider contract commitment, the popular smart phone can retail for $699.
The smashed window was promptly replaced and paid for by a company called Lamb Productions, E! News reported. The working title for the film Brand is shooting is called "Lamb of God" and marks Cody's directorial debut.
The movie is about a conservative woman who suffers a crisis of faith after surviving a plane crash. It also stars Julianne Hough, who appeared with Brand in the 2012 film "Rock of Ages," and recent Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.