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Russell Brand jokes about iPhone toss, arrest warrant issued in New Orleans

03/15/2012 by Corinne Heller

Russell Brand recently got himself into some legal trouble after a run-in with a celebrity photographer in New Orleans, where he is filming a movie by Diablo Cody, and the British comedian and actor is already joking about it.

The 36-year-old is accused of tossing the man's cell phone through the window of a law firm office, TMZ said. A local police spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that an arrest warrant was issued for a "simple damage charge for the amount of $700," but gave no further details.

"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 smartphone can retail for $699.

Brand has reportedly offered to pay for the broken window, MTV said.

In February, R&B star Chris Brown was accused of snatching a woman's iPhone outside of a Miami club after she snapped a photo of him. Police said they are investigating the matter. Brown was never arrested or charged.

Brand had a confrontation with a celebrity photographer at Los Angeles International Airport in September 2010. The man carried out a citizen's arrest of Brand, but the case was ultimately dropped. The comedian also joked about the incident, saying on his Twitter page: "Thanks for your sweet messages of support. After the tips I picked up in chokey I'm an infinitely more proficient criminal."

Pop star Katy Perry, the comedian's fiance at the time, came to Brand's defense, Tweeting: "If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiance will do his job & protect me."

The two married in October later that year. Brand filed for divorce in December 2011 and reached a settlement with Perry in February. She signed the papers with a smiley face.

Brand, known for his roles in movies such as "Get Him To The Greek" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," is currently in New Orleans to film a movie by Oscar-winning "Juno" screenwriter Cody. The movie's title has not yet been revealed.

The project marks Cody's directorial debut and is about a conservative woman who suffers a crisis of faith after surviving a plane crash. It also stars Julianne Hough, who appears with Brand in the 2012 film "Rock of Ages," and recent Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

"She is one of the most brilliant writers out there and let me tell you, she does not disappoint with this script, either," Spencer told OnTheRedCarpet.com.

UPDATE: Russell Brand turned himself into New Orleans police and spent less than half an hour inside a jail. Check out his mug shot.

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