Actor Russell Brand has been fined $500 and ordered to do 20 hours of community service for damaging a photographer’s mobile phone.
It relates to an incident in March when the photographer tried to take Russell Brand’s picture in New Orleans.
Russell Brand’s lawyer, Robert Glass, pleaded not guilty on his behalf at a hearing at Orleans Parish Municipal Court on Thursday morning.
The fine and community service must be completed before the end of August.
Russell Brand has been fined $500 and ordered to do 20 hours of community service for damaging a photographer's mobile phone
A court spokesman said the community service must be carried out at a “suitable public entity” – which does not have to be in New Orleans.
Russell Brand was accused of taking the phone and throwing it through the window of a nearby law firm.
Writing on Twitter at the time of the incident, Russell Brand said he took the phone as “a tribute” to Apple boss Steve Jobs, who died last year.
The actor tweeted: “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”
Russell Brand introduced the Dalai Lama during a youth event in Manchester yesterday and admitted he was finding the experience somewhat surreal.
Acting as master of ceremonies for his holiness’s Century of Dialogue – Stand Up and Be The Change talk, Russell Brand, 37, was praised by the spiritual leader for his “openness”.
Introducing the free event at Manchester Arena, which was attended by several thousand under-25s, Russell Brand introduced the Dalai Lama, 76, in a frank and honest speech.
The comedian said: “Going from junkie to Shagger of the Year…three times… to now introducing the Dalai Lama. It has been an interesting journey.
“He is intense and sort of mellow, which is what you expect of someone who meditates five times a day.”
Russell Brand introduced the Dalai Lama during a youth event in Manchester yesterday and admitted he was finding the experience somewhat surreal
Russell Brand jokingly asked the Dalai Lama if had picked up any spiritual tips.
The Dalai Lama replied: “I think your openness transfers wonderfully.”
At one point the Dalai Lama playfully pulled his beard, with Russell Brand saying: “Not really a lot I can do in a situation like this. I just have to go with it.”
The two men went on to discuss their contrasting sleeping pattern, with Russell Brand more of a night owl and the Dalai Lama as an early riser.
The Tibetan leader said: “Day is for work, night is for sleep but you can do what makes you happy.”
Russell Brand replied: “Thank you for sanctioning my lifestyle.”
But the comedian found himself lost for words when the Dalai Lama admitted that while his sleep patterns weren’t affected by different time zones he travelled in, his bowel movements were.
Russell Brand quipped: “That was more information then I imagined was possible to receive.”
The Dalai Lama is currently on a 10-day tour of Britain and is appealing to the young to foster a culture of non-violence and global peace in 2012.
His Holiness is promoting his new online film Stand Up And Be The Change – shot by Rankin – which features the Gorillaz, Tilda Swinton, Stella McCartney, Willem Dafoe, Beth Ditto, Jarvis Cocker, Alison Mosshart, Michael Stipe and Grimes.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand have never confirmed the reasons for the dissolution of their marriage in anything but the vaguest terms, but all that could change in the wake of a new film that will feature their doomed union.
Katy Perry, 27, opened up to Ellen DeGeneres on her show about her new film, Part of Me, and how she decided to show a realistic account of her life in the feature, including her relationship with Russell Brand.
The singer’s news comes just a week after Russell Brand, 36, told Ellen DeGeneres that he still loves his estranged wife.
Ellen DeGeneres asked Katy Perry about the 3D documentary, saying to her: “Of course, you got married during that time and that didn’t turn out to last, is part of it still in there?”
Katy Perry opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about her new film, Part of Me, and how she decided to show a realistic account of her life in the feature, including her relationship with Russell Brand
Katy Perry told Ellen: “I thought it was important to show everything in between.
“I think sometimes people think that we’re perfect and we know we’re not perfect, at all.”
“I think it’s important to start breaking down the idea that to achieve your dream you always have to be perfect or flawless or live in some kind of fantasy world. So that’s why I decided to put everything into the film,” Katy Perry said.
“In the most tasteful way. But mostly it’s about how I go there and the ride along the way which can be bumpy but mostly it was extremely fun.”
Some reports suggested that Katy Perry had cut Russell Brand from the footage, but this interview finally lays those rumors to rest.
The couple have been granted go ahead for a divorce but it will not be finalized until July, because California law requires a waiting period of six months.
They split just two months after their first wedding anniversary.
Katy Perry was said to have been “blindsided” when Russell Brand filed for divorce just after Christmas.
The move came after the pair enjoyed separate holidays over the festivities, Katy Perry in Hawaii and Russell Brand in his native England.
They have both moved on, Russell Brand has been linked to Brazilian artist Oriela Medallin and David Hasselhoff’s ex Anouska De Georgiou, while Katy Perry has had flings with Baptiste Giabiconi and Florence the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd.