Russell Brand runs into trouble in New Orleans
March 16th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Russell Brand runs into trouble in New Orleans

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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    October 27, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. kittycat

    Ii think russle brand is f***ing hot! and always ask for a pic. dont be rude. the stars are humans who want and need a normal happy life.

    March 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. tommy

    This guy should have been hired for the "Mask" movie instead of Jim Carrey. They would of saved ton's on makeup and costumes. What was Katy Perry thinking, OMG this guy is just plain ugly all the way around. If Katy went to bed with this joker I know for a fact I would of rocked her world. Geez Katy! Atleast go for someone with some class and a face that doesn't look like it's shrinking to nothing. Bug eye'd freak!

    March 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. tony

    March 19, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    Poo poo. They eat it.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. derrilicious

    Lol pooh man!

    March 19, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mister Ward if you're nasty

    This is why we may not have a free and open internet. Between people treating CNN like a Twitter account and ignorant people turning everything into a socioethnic, political, or religious argument, nobody will take our culture seriously. We took one of the most important inventions in the history of the world and filled it with mindless drivel, sports, porn, and even more mindless drivel like this. I didn't want to dignify this thread of comments with a response, but there's a point where people need to be told to stop. I'm all for you playing around, but not on a serious news outlet. Maybe if we weren't so obsessed with banal minutia and superficial fluff as a culture, we wouldn't be dealing with the issues and problems that face our nation today. There are people that tell me that you have to respect other people's opinions. I say no. You have to ackowledge their opinions, but you should always reserve the right to call them out if it has no place in the environment or context.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. jkp

    it doesnt hv a soul thats the problem

    March 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ICU

    May GOD have mercy on your soul!

    March 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • IC Poo

      i can see your pooper and just want to hit dat hole! I will ram dat chute and smoke your pole! Rock da tasty, salty spoo....gotta luv da creamy goo!!

      March 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. loverdude

    I am not a part of this guy you speak of. just thought I would add my 2 cents 🙂

    March 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jeez!

    Wow! You're a freak dude! I feel sorry for you!
    Wow is not wow! Im just saying! You're still trolling! And CNN Moderator isn't a CNN moderator, either same old disgusting freak he's always been! Pathetic! And hopeless!

    March 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wow!

    Not making any more comments on this article, said what I needed to say! CYA!

    March 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wow!

    at "Wow!" not "wow!"
    another one of your disgusting remarks made at 3:16pm! is not the real "wow" Its the same "old" republican turd!
    Still floating in the toilet of hatred! shouldn't you be out campaigning for Santorum? wait I forgot! You dont go outside, or enjoy life in any way! Don't you ever get tired of the hatred? Have you ever loved, or been loved by anyone other than yourself? Give it a try, it may help you out a little!

    March 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ccrizz

    Yeah! Bad Brit Brand is also free from Perry! He is a lot more interesting and more intellectually stimulating!she's gorgeous talented!too bad getting married in India had no meaning to both. Too bad they couldn't try harder !he's hilarious but needs a bad girl.I love her music! Very California!in a few years they might cross paths again. I love them both! Sorry to see them split!SadM

    March 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wow!

    Stfu. Don't talk about stuff you have no idea about. Go watch Fox news and pray however many times a day you want. America's progressive movement won't be stopped by mongoloids like you. I've tracked his ip address and now you've made the list. I will be posting them shortly. Get ready to have your lives RUINED. Mwahahaaaa.

    March 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. wow!

    Ralph, mfr, loverdude,sisensor, cowpens freak, poohman,beautiful vixon, cheril Williams, toadears, John r. Johnson, are all the same guy!
    He's nothing more than a troll! He also uses names like Humberto, hernandez, Rodrigo, Mary, sally, Michelle, missy, and many more! There will come a point when I will post his IP Address again! CNN stop this troll!
    and he's also "*£€€¥" and pretends to be super religious, but is about as Christian as Satan himself!

    You are such a racist, hating Republican freak. Why dont you get a job, and spend some time outside once in awhile, you horrible horrible troll!
    You spend your entire day, and everyday, posting insulting comments on CNN articles! You're just a disgruntled Republican, that can't get passed America's progressive views! Remember that this isn't your country, you snob! This country belongs to all its citizens, and you are simply one of the few remaining prejudice, hate filled idiots that are part of a dying breed! please dont try to speak on behalf of our country! Mostly because youre just trash with a computer, and nothing else to do. every country has its undesirable, and you are certainly ours! GET A LIFE SLOB!

    March 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woah!

      While you have a point, your argument is lost with the condescending last part. You are no better than him now. Is this your country only, or all of ours? Are all republicans disgruntled and posting jargon on message boards? Or is it just a kid trolling? Hmm.
      So please would you kindly not speak for me, because I can manage without YOUR help. Kthnxbye!

      March 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow!

      I didnt say "every Republican"!
      I said "you"!
      And we both know, you are not "just a kid"!
      And do you think I would "speak for you"? I dont even know your language!
      Furthermore the posting made at 3:12pm using "Wow" is not me. And its no secret who it really is! Just wanted to clear things up a bit!

      March 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ralph

    He's an ASS. Good job Katie for leaving him

    March 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. DocHouston

    This is awesome!

    March 18, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  19. scott

    I'm surprised the photographer didn't throw russell brands skinny ass through the window after it. Tiny men shouldn't start fights

    March 18, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  20. Charell Williams

    Alecia says she hasn't seen you in years. She said you went to school together, but lost touch once you started tricking for that rock.

    Since we keep missing each other, just holla at me. The number is 1-800-Che-ckm8. See you next Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  21. Russ Brand

    Katy got left behind like the rapture. Try getting it right next time, lover.

    March 18, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  22. Charell Williams

    Hey! I tried calling but your mother said you were busy. She offered but I had to decline. So now I try Alecia. TTYL! XD

    March 18, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mfr

    Loser. Capital L. Thank god Katy dumped him.

    March 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mfr

    The guy is a loser. Big time.

    March 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. loverdude

    You guys are hilarious. What is the world coming to? Why argue over something so trivial. Regardless of who it is. Noone should act in the manner he did. As a has a resposibility of setting an example. Now kids all over will smash Iphones.

    March 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mgsweetroll


    March 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. 8-/really

    It's absurd and embarrassing to read the ridiculous comments posted on anything but the facts. Personal opinions don't have any relevance on this issue. When did personal opinions make any difference when it comes to truths? Oh, yeah!!!!! During the Salem witch trials!!! And we all know how smart those individuals were... He felt his space was invaded and I don't care what country your from or how long your hair is, I don't know many people that wouldn't have reacted the same. Only they probably wouldn't have the immediate cash to pay that outrageous bail. Hippie!?!?!? I bet your gorgeous. Why don't you grow some talent and become a star yourself..?

    March 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. SiSenor

    At least the freak has a sense of humor

    March 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. pooh man

    he does not make the entire world laugh, as Fernin Castillo suggests. Therefore, I must pooh on Fermin as well.

    March 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Fermin Castillo

    Russel Brand kicks ass and makes the entire world laugh plus he payed for the window and that place will be famous for being the place where Russel Brand smashed a window. Besides, the papparrazzi can be quite intrusive

    March 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. carrieanne

    Wonder if he saw the movie Paparrazi a few years back? Interesting concept

    March 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Cowpens Freak


    March 17, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  33. Fifi Larue

    I know what Katy saw in him. I totally love Russell Brand, so funny & quick-witted & I think very attractive because of it. Beauty is in the eye.... wish him all the happiness in the world. & Katy, too. Y'all don't hate, appreciate!:)

    March 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. pooh man

    I wish to pooh on Katy Perry as well.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  35. friedcheez

    I'd have just kept the phone. Those things are good.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  36. •£€€¥•

    I really don't like the looks of him. In my opinion he might possibly could be a hippie. Or from England. Those Englishmen might possibly be rude if you rile them up. Just saying.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimi

      Really ? Really?? Long hair hippie are you still in the 60s ? Try commenting on something more to your intelligence level like the fox news page

      March 17, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. stvnkrs10

    "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently ... what I did was a tribute to his memory." ROFL!!! LOVE IT

    March 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. irene

    They should arrest the photographers!! Everyone knows how aggressive and provoking those idiots are!!

    March 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. SSampson

    I actually used a hammer on my iPhone... works better than a window..... and the reception is better than it was before...

    Luckily I won the darn thing in a draw.... otherwise I'd stillbe suffering with bad reception from what is really an iPOD with GSM.....

    March 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. JB

    Huh – what a clown?

    March 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Abraxas

    he looks like Charles Manson

    March 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      With the beard I think he looks like Jesus Christ, if Jesus was a gay interior decorator.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Spapowpow

    only in the United States can someone be put in jail for throwing someones phone, and have to put up a $5,000 bond to get out. What a joke. Nice police state you live in Americans

    March 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. achepotle

    let the downward spiral begin...

    March 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  44. artie2

    What the F did Katy Perry see in this idiot in the first place?

    March 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  45. toadears

    He's hideous to look at. I see a bright future in horror films

    March 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  46. JohnRJohnson

    This clown is about as funny as liver cancer. Ruined the classic "Arthur". Wish that NOPD had kept him in jail and thrown away the key.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Charell Williams

    Hey, I am an iPhone Technician, new to the Long Beach area. I can fix that iPhone that was thrown through the window, actually, I can fix any iPhone thrown through a window. Call me, 562-281-7779. Not a lot of black men fix iPhones, not only am I Tall, Dark, & Handsome, but I can fix iPhones too. I would be a great friend to have.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. cutedog2

    This dude seems so flipping weird.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dave

    "But the cops – who issued a warrant for Brand's arrest....."

    Cops do not issue warrants. Courts do.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  50. paul

    the ugly and stupid stick did not spare him

    March 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Cindy

    Mr. Jackson is desperate to make money like all paparazzos .... in your face taking pics, stalking, filing suits against the rich ..... he should be grateful he wasn't shot .... I have no respect for them.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Wow .... from the article, all people got was about his looks ... think people ! Grow a brain! This about Paparazzos wanting easy money and this time the target was R. Brand .... get over Brand's looks ....

      March 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      In other words, just like the celebrities he is photographing? Your a little groupie aren't ya? Do you blow?

      March 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Queen Mary

    He looks like he's got dingleberries. Oh so ugly!!!!
    Did anyone watch Arthur??? OMG!!!! A.W.F.U.L !!!!

    March 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      other than frankenstein or a vampire, I cannot imagine him in any other serious dramatic role

      March 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  53. no sense

    seeing how none of you kno dude or have his money i wouldent be talkin crap so he may not be good looking but most of you cant be to pretty either since you sit around and post comments on blogs all day get a job get out in the real world make as much money as that guy then try to be a dick head

    March 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      snicker...that head you talked about is exactly what you should place in your mouth when trying to idolize these types of people. lol no wonder they laugh at their fans

      March 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Cindy

    His looks, his citizenship, whatever the reason ..... NODOBY LIKE TO BE APPROACHED UP IN YOUR FACE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED ! I wish these paparazzo get theirs .... one day somebody is going to snap and shoot one ..... I hope it's soon ..... they are asking for it.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      part of the job. I don't respect celebrities as I do not consider photographers to be as dangerous as someone like a fireman who actually enters a burning building to save a child's life. This is silly and was done to garner publicity. Which they love, btw.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Anton

    Waste of police resources. All taken care of.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. pooh man

    I wish to pooh on him

    March 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Iconoclast

    Meh, he's a one trick pony this one. Studied drunkenness/intoxication for years so he could act that way on screen. Dudley Moore will always be Arthur to me. Still and all, I like hearing he poses with fans, many famous actors wouldn't bother with it. And really it's kind of funny, cost him some, but he's obviously rich enough not to care. Fix the window, buy a phone, pay a fine, it's over.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  58. tuffbunch

    hostel much??

    March 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iconoclast

      I stayed in a hostel in Amsterdam, nobody there was very hostile. Their eyes were all bloodshot though, wonder why?

      March 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  59. mike collins

    would have loved to see the guy whose phone he threw out the window break his jaw.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Just Me

    How about we throw Russel Brand out the window since he is obviously an irreverent use of a human being. Maybe that's what Perry already did!

    March 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. fretlessbass

    I love his parody of "Beat It".

    March 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mike

    What would he even begin to understand about steve jobs?

    March 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  63. toadears

    my god, he's ugly! By 45 he will be really ugly.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyndi

      So what if he's ugly. I'm cute, and I dated nice and ugly looking men. Personality can make the difference, but then you wouldn't know about that would you 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tothemax

    Your a nobody whatever ur name is oh Russel lol, only reason why u even exsist in media is cause of Katey and she finally woke up and dumped your ugly ass, so why dont you hop on a plane and make your way back to the UK, god I cant stand this guy!

    March 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darw1n

      I think you're jealous of Katy Perry

      March 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • nerktwins

      Susan Boyle set aside, the new ugliest person on the planet is Russell. Poor fella–who knew he was from Transylvania? Who knew he wa anorexic? I understand the drugs and alcohol–we would all need to escape reality if it was our face!

      March 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Funny, your sister really seemed to enjoy him...

      March 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Huh? This guy's a huge star in England and was in several successful movies before he even got involved with Katie. You can dislike him if you want, but don't talk nonsense.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Schweska

      This is hysterical. People are now arguing over who's more famous, Perry or Brand. The correct answer is "who gives a plotz?".

      March 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellybean

      man, is he ugly.

      March 19, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  65. Tothemax

    just looking at him makes me puke!

    March 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Observer

    He's a fugly liberal stooge!

    March 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janek

      As an Englishman, I have a great fondness for the great nation of the United States of America. As nations we have stood side by side to defeat Hitler, Communism and currently terrorism. America does great things for the UK.

      However, the greatest thing America has done is to keep this PRAT out of my way. Guys – PLEASE KEEP HIM. We do not want him back.



      March 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Ben

      I C E. will eventually return him

      March 17, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  67. •£€€¥•

    I hope they put him in prison and throw away the key. There is no sense in him coming over to our country and acting all violent like that. Plus he has long hair like a dirty lice infested flea ridden hippie.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mob Barley

      ^^^^^^^ Troll, Troll, Troll your Boat

      March 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abram

      Please go easy on the guy. That was his style of joking. He may purchase one and throw it out the window next time. Are there iPhone toys out there?

      March 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • b


      March 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • alfalfa bill


      March 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow!

      to *£€€¥
      You are such a racist, hating Republican freak. Why dont you get a job, and spend some time outside once in awhile, you horrible horrible troll!
      You spend your entire day, and everyday, posting insulting comments on CNN articles! You're just a disgruntled Republican, that can't get passed America's progressive views! Remember that this isn't your country, you snob! This country belongs to all its citizens, and you are simply one of the few remaining prejudice, hate filled idiots that are part of a dying breed! please dont try to speak on behalf of our country! Mostly because youre just trash with a computer, and nothing else to do. every country has its undesirable, and you are certainly ours! GET A LIFE SLOB!

      March 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tammy Hargett

    My daughter and I met Russell last week in New Orleans at Cafe Du Monde and he was very nice and funny! He posed for pictures with several fans.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • •£€€¥•

      He sounds like he could be dangerous to me. Plus he has long hair like a hippie.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      I live in Baton Rouge and would love to meet him. He was out having a good time and I'm sure these people kept on and on with the pictures. Ask nicely and you shall receive.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Who caressssss.... good for you we don't care! is that a honor to meet this guy?

      March 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Secret Squirrel

    Lol. ookkkaaayyy..everybody hide their iphones when Russell is around.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me too

      I think it's hilarious, he obviously did it for laughs and made that person famous for a day...We should all laugh more and it was a nice tribute to Jobs!

      March 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |

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