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Cops Want To Question Russell Brand For Allegedly Snatching A Cell Phone

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Mar. 12 2012, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Russell Brand has been ruffling feathers in New Orleans after he allegedly snatched an iPhone from a man and then hurled it through a window, and has exclusive details on the ongoing case.

“The officers are trying to get in touch with Mr. Brand,” Sergeant Frank Robertson, a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department told in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

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“The case is still being investigated, and no charges have been filed on Mr. Brand as of yet.”

The bizarre incident occurred at around 7 pm on Monday in the Warehouse District of the city, when a paparazzi photographer named Timothy Jackson was reportedly trying to take photos of the Arthur star on his iPhone; Russell became angry and snatched it out his hand and threw it through a nearby window.

In photos obtained by, the disgruntled British actor can be seen leaning into the window of a silver car; he is then snapped with the phone in hand before flinging it high into the air.

Police confirmed that Jackson did file a report against 36-year-old Brand, who is currently in the Big Easy filming as untitled Diablo Cody movie with Julianne Hough.

“The ink is not even fresh on it, this case is not even 8 hours old yet,” Sergeant Robertson went on to tell “It is just so new and there are variable circumstance. Our office don’t even have the report yet but it is an ongoing investigation.”

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As previously reported, Russell is already dating following his recent tumultuous split from wife Katy Perry, and was spotted stepping out with a new girlfriend Oriela Medellin Amieiro last month.

Meanwhile his soon-to-be ex-wife has been showing him what he's missing out on with a risqué photo shoot for Interview magazine where she channels old Hollywood glamour in the sexiest way possible.

Brand filed for divorce December 30 following a 14-month marriage which began with a lavish India wedding.


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