Russell Brand — To Be CHARGED for iPhone-Smashing

exclusive 0724_russell_brand_mug_shotRussell Brand will be charged with a crime for throwing a paparazzi”s iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans back in March … our sources has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell our sources …  the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office has finally decided to go forward and prosecute the actor … and will file one charge of misdemeanor criminal damage to property against Brand sometime today.

our sources broke the story … Russell was initially named in a police report on March 12 after snatching a cell phone away from a photog … and firing it through the window of a nearby building.

Russell turned himself in to police on March 15 … and explained his actions on Twitter — “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”

Brand has already prepared himself for a legal battle — as we reported, the actor has preemptively hired a high-powered New Orleans attorney to fight any possible charges in the case.

If convicted, Brand faces 6 months in jail.