Russell Brand found himself busted by the Feds, or at least by the New Orleans Police Department, after an injudicious spot of phone rage in Louisiana.
Brand reportedly grabbed the iPhone of a paparazzo who was pestering him and hurled it through a window. Brand apparently spotted the photographer in a parked car and seized the phone. The photographer, Timothy Jackson, said that Brand had "flipped out" when he realised he was being snapped.
Brand’s luck has not been the best since last year’s split from Katy Perry, and the window turned out to belong to a law firm who complained about criminal damage.
Rather than embark on a high-speed chase through the streets of New Orleans, Brand handed himself into the police. He coughed up the bail of $5000 and, like any modern celebrity, inmmediately resorted to Twitter with a facetious and poorly-punctuated explanation: "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory."
It could turn out to be a serious matter for Brand if he is convicted. He could be refused a US work visa, which would curtail any plans to make further lame Hollywood comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek and the feeble Arthur remake. He might even have to resume his UK career making offensive phone-calls to elderly actors.
The Sun printed a copy of Brand’s charge-sheet, suggesting that News International’s links to police departments are not restricted to Scotland Yard.