Russell Brand - Russell Brand Gets 20 Hours Community Service After Phone Smash
Russell Brand has been ordered to do 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of $500, for throwing a photographer's phone through a window. Russell did not appear in court himself but a lawyer representing him entered a plea of not guilty, in New Orleans Municipal Court. The judge decided that a community service order was a preferable sentence to a criminal prosecution. If Brand completes the 20 hours community service, the charges against him will be dropped.
Reuters were told by his lawyer, Robert Glass, that Brand could complete the community service "at any charity or agency anywhere," be it in California, or even back home in the UK. A hearing date of August 31 has been set, in order to report on the progress of the community service. The charges were brought against Brand after he allegedly grabbed a photographer's iPhone and threw it through a window, breaking the glass in the process. Ironically, the window belonged to the office of a New Orleans law firm. Russell was arrested and charged with the misdemeanour of criminal damage to property. He was released shortly after his arrest.
In some ways, Russell got off lightly. The charge of criminal damage to property valued under $500 carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in prison and or a $500 fine. This isn't the first time that the British comedian has lashed out at a member of the paparazzi. In 2010, he was arrested for an attack on a photographer at a Los Angeles airport.