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Russell Brand arrested at LAX for alleged battery of paparazzo

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Comedian Russell Brand was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon for alleged battery of a paparazzo. The Los Angeles Police Department confirms that Brand’s arrest was made by a “private party,” and he has since been taken to the LAPD’s Pacific Division for booking. The LAPD spokesman had no further details.

UPDATE: Brand’s fiancé, Katy Perry, who was present during the incident, responded to the arrest via Twitter: “If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me.”