Chivalry is not dead. Two months after Russell Brand was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for getting into a scuffle with a paparazzo who he claimed was trying to take upskirt pics of "The Tempest" actor's then-wife-to-be, singer Katy Perry, Brand learned on Wednesday that he likely will not face sanctions in the incident.
According to the Associated Press, Brand and his lawyers met with prosecutors on Wednesday in Los Angeles and city attorney spokesperson Frank Mateljan said the legal officials decided not to pursue charges.
Brand had been facing a potential misdemeanor simple battery charge in the September 17 incident, which was caught on video. The couple, on the way to Las Vegas for Perry's bachelorette party, were besieged by paparazzi in the Delta Airlines terminal and Brand was caught on tape as he swatted at a photographer and hit his camera. Brand was arrested and later released on $20,000 bail.
According to Mateljan, a prosecutor is slated to meet with the photographer involved in the altercation — who placed Brand under citizen's arrest after the scuffle — on Friday (November 19). While the prosecutor's office could still file a case against Brand after the meeting, Mateljan said "it doesn't seem likely."
Married life appears to have mellowed the once infamously out-of-control British actor. He recently told Us Weekly that his marriage to Perry is "just normal" and not what you might expect from two young stars constantly in the spotlight.
"The other day, I put a shirt on, and she went ... 'You're wearing that shirt, are you?' I thought, 'That's actually happening?' That's a thing off a sitcom," he said. "That happened in my actual life. I wasn't allowed to wear it. If she says don't wear that shirt, I don't wear it."