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'No airport row charges' for Brand

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Russell Brand is likely not to face charges over a scuffle with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport

US prosecutors are unlikely to file charges against British actor-comedian Russell Brand over a spat with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport, an official has said.

The 35-year-old met prosecutors on Wednesday and they decided not to pursue charges, LA city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

Brand was arrested at the airport in September while travelling with singer Katy Perry, and had been facing a potential charge of battery.

The incident was captured on video as Brand and Perry were swarmed by paparazzi as they entered a Delta Air Lines terminal. On the film, Brand is seen swatting at a photographer and hitting his camera.

Brand and Perry, 26, married in a lavish ceremony in India last month.

Mr Mateljan said a prosecutor would meet the photographer involved in the LAX incident later. The photographer, whose name was not released, had placed Brand under a citizen’s arrest.

Mr Mateljan said that, while the office could still file a case against Brand, “it doesn’t seem likely”.

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