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Russell Brand Arrest Warrant Issued Over iPhone Toss

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 15, 2012 11:45 AM

New Orleans police have issued a misdemeanor warrant for Russell Brand's arrest, accusing the 36-year-old of criminal damage. The comedian, who was in town filming a movie, took a photographer's iPhone on Monday and tossed it through the glass window of a local law office.

Though he immediately contacted the firm and offered to pay for the window, the courtesy was not extended to photog Timothy Jackson. A peeved Jackson filed a police report, citing $700 in damage.

Though Brand presumably tossed the phone after Jackson got in his face, the New York Daily News reports he gave a more comical explanation to his fans on Twitter. "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory," he wrote on Wednesday.

A tribute that will result in yet another Russell Brand arrest.

This is not the first time Brand has faced charges after scuffling with the paparazzi. In 2010, he was arrested on suspicion of battery after allegedly attacking a photog at Los Angeles International Airport. Soon-to-be ex-wife Katy Perry claimed the photographer was trying to shoot up her skirt.

Attorneys will likely call into the station and arrange for Brand to turn himself in at some point during the day. There's no point in avoiding police when he can be located on set. Once the Russell Brand arrest warrant has been executed, the star will probably be booked and set free. A smashed iPhone is unlikely to land anyone in jail.

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