Russell Brand Gets Arrested for Smashing a Window with a Cell Phone

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On Monday, Russell Brand found himself in hot water down in the Big Easy, when he allegedly snatched a photographer's cell phone and threw it through a nearby law firm's window.

A warrant from the New Orleans police department was issued for his arrest soon after, and the actor, who offered to pay for the property damage, turned himself into custody Thursday.

On Wednesday, Brand, who filed for divorce from Katy Perry in December, posted an explanation to his Twitter after details of the incident got out.

"Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently. What I did was a tribute to his memory," the comedian, 36, tweeted, referring to Apple's late CEO, who passed away in October.

The alleged victim of the phone snatching was said to be snapping photos of the actor using the device.

As of Thursday early evening, Brand was being held on $5,000 bail and was being charged with simple criminal damage, $500 to $50,000, per his booking documents.