Russell Brand handed community service

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star was charged with the misdemeanour on Wednesday (25Jul12) amid claims he snatched a paparazzo’s iPhone and hurled it through the window of an abandoned building in New Orleans, Louisiana in March (12).

Brand’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf during an arraignment hearing on Thursday morning (26Jul12), but the representative has since managed to reach a plea agreement with authorities which will keep the funnyman out of jail.

As per the deal, Brand must pay $500 (£313) in court fees and complete his community service sentence by 31 August (12). The case will then be dismissed.

And the actor’s lawyer reveals Brand will be using his time wisely by working with people battling addiction after overcoming his own personal troubles earlier on in his career.