A Louisiana judge has ordered actor Russell Brand to perform 20 hours of community service and pay $500 in court costs for throwing a photographer’s iPhone through a plate glass window last spring, the Associated Press has reported. The community service is not specified, but could involve “charitable work with people suffering from additictions,” according to the report.
Brand allegedly snatched photographer Timothy Jackson’s iPhone and threw it through the window of a New Orleans law office as the photographer tried to take his picture last March. Brand was in New Orleans on a film shoot at the time.
Shortly after the incident, Brand made light of his actions on his Twitter feed with a post that said: “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”
Brand turned himself in to police after they put out a warrant for his arrest.
His attorney entered a plea of not guilty yesterday on charges of simple criminal damage to property. His attorney told the court that Brand was “harrassed,” according to the AP report.
The charges against Brand will be dropped if he completes the community service requirement by August 31, although it will not be supervised by the court. Instead, Brand’s attorney has told the court that he (the attorney) will provide proof to the court that Brand has completed the service.
Russell Brand Charged for Throwing Photog’s iPhone Through Window