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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Russell Brand 'to face phone smashing charges'

Russell Brand

Russell Brand will reportedly be charged with destroying a paparazzo's cell phone.

In March, the British actor-and-comedian turned himself into police after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was wanted for allegedly snatching an iPhone from a photographer and throwing it through a window while walking down a street in New Orleans.

There were conflicting reports about whether Russell was going to be charged at the time and TMZ is now reporting that police will file papers today.

The 37-year-old will be charged with misdemeanour criminal damage today, the site claims. If found guilty, the star could be imprisoned for six months.

Russell reportedly readied himself for a legal fight by hiring a top notch lawyer in New Orleans back in March.

It's thought he will claim he was provoked, which is why he launched the phone through the window of a law firm's office causing $240 of damage.

Initially it was thought the actor might face a felony charge, but it's thought the damage to the phone and glass pane wasn't enough for that to be considered.

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