New Orleans arrest warrant issued for Russell Brand

EW has confirmed that the New Orleans Police department has issued an arrest warrant for “simple criminal damage” in the amount of $700 for comedian Russell Brand. The warrant stems from an altercation Brand reportedly had with a paparazzo Monday night around 6:50 p.m. According to MTV, Brand snatched the photographer’s phone and threw it out the window of a local law firm — though the NOPD could not confirm these details. No court date has been set, and Brand was not in custody at time of press. Since finalizing his divorce from Katy Perry about a month ago, Brand traveled to New Orleans to film a movie written by Diablo Cody. A spokesperson for the comedian did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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