A judge in New Orleans has ruled that Russell Brand will have to do 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of $500. Brand was charged for throwing a photographer’s iPhone through a window.
Reuters reported that a lawyer for Brand entered a plea of not guilty during the hearing in the New Orleans Municipal Court on the misdemeanor charge. Brand did not appear in court himself.
The judge decided that Brand will be doing community service instead of criminal prosecution. If Brand completes the 20 hours of community service, the charges against him would be dismissed. The community service can be performed at any charity or agency in England or California.
There will be a hearing date for August 31st, which will have a status report on Brand’s community service. The victim was in a group of photographers that were following Brand’s car on March 12. Brand pulled over and confronted the victim.
?The victim believing that (Brand) was going to hit him in the groin grabbed for the offender?s hand and a struggle ensued with the victim receiving a small cut on his finger. The victim felt the offender pull something off his lap and suddenly realized that the offender had taken his cellphone.?
Brand threw the iPhone at a building and broke a window. He turned himself in to the police three days after the incident occurred. He was arrested, charged, and then released on bond. If he does not do the community service by August 31, he will face up to 6 months in jail.