Russell Brand will be charged after smashing a paparazzo’s iPhone.
The British actor and comedian will face prosecution after New Orleans law enforcement officials decided to charge the star with misdemeanour criminal damage. If Russell is found guilty, he could face up to six months in prison. However it’s widely believed that he will claim provocation, insisting that he was provoked by the paparazzo.
Brand handed himself into authorities in March, following the incident and explaining his actions on Twitter said, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”
Russell snatched the iPhone from a photographer, and threw it into a nearby window, as he was walking down a New Orleans street. He caused $240 worth of damage, and while it was initially believed that he could face a felony charge, the damage wasn’t sufficient to warrant such a charge.
It is reported that Brand has hired a high-powered New Orleans lawyer, Robert Glass to fight his case. There had been conflicting reports on whether or not Russell would be charged, but it was confirmed today that the New Orleans District Attorney’s office had decided to proceed with prosecution.