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Russell Brand claims felony charge is bogus

Russell Brand was arrested on March 15 after yet another altercation with the paparazzi. Prosecutors in Louisiana upped the charge to a felony but Brand’s attorney says that won’t hold up for long.

Russell Brand fights felony chargeTMZ reports Russell Brand claims he was provoked during a March 12 incident that landed him in jail.

Brand allegedly grabbed Timothy Jackson’s iPhone and threw it through a window of a law firm when Jackson — a paparazzo — attempted to take pictures of Brand with the phone. The Toronto Sun reports Brand paid $240 to fix the window but it is still unclear if Brand paid for the damage to Jackson’s phone.

Brand admitted to the altercation 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.”

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A warrant was issued for Russell’s arrest on March 15, 2012 but Brand turned himself in. He posted a $5,000 bail and was released within minutes.

He now faces a felony charge which carries a penalty up to two years in prison. Prosecutors increased the charge to cover the value of the window and the iPhone. The misdemeanor charge carried a maximum fine of only $500.

However, TMZ said his attorney — Robert Glass — will argue the felony charge is bogus since Brand already paid to fix the window. It’s not likely the damage to Jackson’s phone exceeds $500.

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This is not Russell Brand’s first encounter with police. On Sep. 16, 2010 Brand was arrested after he attacked a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Katy Perry spoke out about the incident on her Twitter account. “If you cross the line & try and put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will his job & protect me.”

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