Russell Brand was reportedly arrested after getting involved in a physical altercation with a member of the paparazzi. People magazine reports that the “Get Him to the Greek” star got into a “tussle” with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport and the paparazzo then bizarrely took it upon himself to place the actor under arrest.
Airport police were called to the scene after a “report of a battery involving a celebrity and a commercial photographer,” and the alleged victim made a “private person’s arrest,” according to a police statement. Brand was then interviewed by airport police and taken into custody for suspected battery, Us Weekly reports. He and fiancée Katy Perry did not board their scheduled flight to Las Vegas. The star will be booked at the LAPD Pacific division, a spokesperson told the magazine.
At press time, Brand’s camp had yet to issue a statement on the matter.
Brand had been arrested 11 times before Friday’s incident, including for public nudity at anti-globalization protests in 2001. In his best-selling memoir, “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up,” Brand recounted a slew of sordid tales, including his addiction to sex and heroin. However, in all his prior indiscretions — and there are many — Brand has not been known to act out with any sort of physical violence.