They say a leopard never really changes its spots, so perhaps this is why a warrant was issued for the arrest of comedian Russell Brand. The Brit handed himself over to police custody in New Orleans amid lots of controversy.
The Arthur star turned himself into custody after law enforcement issued a warrant following his throwing of a photographer’s phone into the window of a nearby office building on Monday. Although the window was repaired soon after the incident, the warrant continued to stand. Russell, who is in the city shooting a movie, was being held on R38 000 bail for simple criminal damage, but has since paid the money and been released.
In a police report, paparazzo Timothy Jackson claims he was with a group of photographers when he spotted the star, who split from singer Katy Perry after 14 months of marriage in December, and began taking pictures of him on his phone from his car. Seemingly-reformed rebel Russell grabbed the phone, and threw it at an office window.
A man from inside the office said the actor offered to pay for the damage and that the phone was returned to the photographer. Joking about the smash, Russell wrote on Twitter, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”
We suggest that Mr Brand curb his temper tantrums – he might not be so lucky next time!