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You're nicked! Russell Brand poses for his mugshot after arrest for criminal damage

Russell Brand

With his head tilted softly to the side, and a flattering light highlighting his soft expression, one could be forgiven for thinking

this were another promotional photo for the popular actor.

However Russell Brand's sitting on this occasion was rather more embarrassing as he was pictured in a police mugshot following his arrest in connection with a charge of criminal damage.

A warrant was out for the actor's arrest was issued soon after he threw a photographer's phone through a window.

The 36-year-old comedian turned himself in to police in New Orleans Sheriff's office today after learning he was wanted by officers.

According to TMZ, Russell was charged on two counts of simple criminal damage to property.

He was then released after posting a reported $5000 bail.

Russell's camp were quick to make amends and have reportedly paid $240 to the photographer over the incident, according to the website.

The comedian was seen leaving the police station with his mystery female friend who he has been spending increasing time with in recent months - she was also present when the incident took place on Monday.

The New Orleans police told website TMZ they issued a misdemeanor warrant for the his arrest on Wednesday night.

The comedian was accused of snatching a paparazzo's mobile phone and angrily hurling it through a pane of glass in New Orleans on Monday night.

Russell has since offered a bizarre defence for allegedly throwing the iPhone through the window - saying he was honouring Steve Jobs.

In an apparent confession, he claims his apparent fit of temper was because he believed the way the photographer was using his smartphone dishonoured the memory of the recently deceased Apple CEO.

He said: 'Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.'

Brand was reported by photographer Timothy Jackson, who is accusing the Get Him To The Greek star of criminal damages.

He told officers he was with a group of other photographers, and had began to take pictures of the star with his iPhone from his car.

He claims the angry funnyman lost his temper, grabbed the phone from of his hand, and threw it through the window of a local law firm.

According to TMZ, a man who was inside the office during the incident said people connected to the actor tried to smooth things over with him after the incident.

Brand's representative acknowledged he had thrown the phone, and a production assistant on the star's movie allegedly turned up with $240 to replace the damaged window.

The man also told the website he returned the phone to the photographer after the police arrived.

The incident happened after the Arthur star, who is getting divorced from Katy Perry, was spotted on the same day with a mystery woman.