Because of our fondness for Russell Brand, we thought everyone would forgive and forget the fact that he grabbed an iPhone out of paparazzo Timothy Jackson‘s hand and tossed it away. Everyone has a bad day, no? We know it gets frustrating with the paparazzi tailing your every move, and besides he was probably trying to protect his lady friend, Oriela Medellin Amieiro‘s privacy. Okay, in all seriousness, it wasn’t the best move on Rusty’s part. Especially because it was all, ironically, caught on camera. The incident went down in New Orleans when Jackson (and other photogs) were snapping pictures of Russell and Oriela in Brand’s Mustang. Only, Brand decided to get all Terminator on Jackson’s iPhone, reaching into the pap’s car, grabbing it out of his hand and so forth. A police report was also filed against him, which states that Brand threw the phone through the (closed) window of a nearby building.
We really thought this wouldn’t get serious, especially since Russell was tweeting jokes about the incident, writing, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.” We doubt he’s in a funny mood now that TMZ‘s reporting there’s an arrest warrant out in his name issued by the New Orleans police department. The cops told the site that it’s a misdemeanor warrant for simple criminal damage to property. Even though Russell’s people called in saying they wanted to pay for the damaged window. What we want to know is what the charges translate into? Does this mean a fine? Or jail time? We hope it isn’t the latter! We’re sure he’s learnt his lesson. Just channel another Russell next time … Russell. We mean yoga and meditation connoisseur Simmons.
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