March 16th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
Actor Russell Brand is a free man today after being jailed briefly in New Orleans.
According to police, the British comedian was picked up by authorities Thursday at Harrah’s Casino after he reportedly snatched a photographer's phone and tossed it through a window earlier this week.
TMZ says Brand grabbed the photographer's iPhone on Monday and threw it through the window of a downtown business - an incident the star seems to admit to on Twitter.
On Wednesday he wrote, "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently ... what I did was a tribute to his memory."
Paparazzo Timothy Jackson reportedly filed a police report, claiming "criminal damages," but has apparently already gotten his phone back. TMZ also reported that Brand's reps have already paid $240 for the broken window.
But the cops - who issued a warrant for Brand's arrest - say the actor has been charged with simple criminal damage to property.
They also report that Brand posted $5000 bond and was quickly released from custody.
“The Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star - who was recently granted a divorce from pop star Katy Perry - is in New Orleans filming an untitled movie produced by Mandate Pictures.
Written by “Juno" scribe Diablo Cody, the film also reportedly stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, "Dancing With the Stars" champ Julianne Hough, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter.
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