The comedian hired a high-powered New Orleans attorney at the time as a precaution; he could now face jailtime
It looks like Russell Brand isn’t getting off so easy after tossing a paparazzo’s iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans back in March.
The British funnyman, 36, was charged Wednesday with one count of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Brand turned himself in to New Orleans police in March after a $700 misdemeanor warrant was issued for his arrest, but charges were not filed at the time.
Photographer Timothy Jackson claimed he was following Brand when the actor approached Jackson’s car, snatched his cell phone and threw it through the window of a nearby law firm.
A few days after the scuffle occurred, Brand took to Twitter to joke about the incident.
“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.
According to TMZ, Brand hired high-powered New Orleans attorney Robert Glass soon after the incident to fight any possible charges in the case.
If convicted, Brand could face six months in jail, according to the site.