Russell Brand Sentenced In iPhone Throwing Case
Comedian must complete 20 hours of community service & pay a $500 fine...
Russell Brand avoided a six-month trip to prison on Thursday (July 26) when a New Orleans judge sentenced the British comedian to 20 hours of community service over a charge of throwing a photographer's iPhone through a window.
According to Reuters, Brand, 37, who was not in New Orleans Municipal Court when the sentence for the misdemeanour charge was handed down, was ordered to pay a $500 fine on top of the community service.
A lawyer representing the Rock of Ages star entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. The community service was ordered by the judge as an alternative to a criminal prosecution and if Brand completes the required amount, the charges will be dismissed.
Brand's attorney, Robert Glass, said that the Brand X host could complete his community service "at any charity or agency anywhere, whether it be in California or England." A follow-up status hearing is set for 31st August.
Russell was arrested by New Orleans police on 15th March after a photographer accused the actor of grabbing his iPhone and throwing it through a window.
The incident resulted in a charge of misdemeanour criminal damage to property, which carries a penalty of up to six months in prison and/or a $500 fine.
After posting $5,000 bond, Brand tweeted a predictably silly response to the arrest: "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory," he wrote.
The funnyman later paid for repairs to the smashed window.