Apple founder was on Russell's mind

Russell Brand reportedly lost his cool and grabbed a photographer’s iPhone this week – but the comedian insists he had good intentions.

The 36-year-old allegedly ‘flipped out’ at paparazzo Timothy Jackson, who claims he was snapping the star when Russell snatched the smart phone and hurled it away.

Unfortunately, it smashed through a New Orleans law firm’s window.

‘I can confirm that a phone was thrown through our office window and that a claim for damages was filed with police,’ a spokesman for law firm Deutsch, Kerrigan and Stiles tells Metro.

Timothy is reported by TMZ to have filed for ‘criminal damages’.

But Russell, who split with singer Katy Perry, 27, at the end of last year, says his actions were in honour of late Apple founder Steve Jobs.

‘Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory,’ Tweets Russell

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