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British comedian Russell Brand has been released from police custody following his arrest on Thursday.

The "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star walked free from a jail in New Orleans on $5,000 bail.

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He flashed a smile to waiting photographers and was greeted by his mother, Barbara, and rumored girlfriend, Oriela Medellin Amieiro.

Brand, who is filming a movie in the city, surrendered to police earlier in the day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Wednesday night.

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He was questioned over his run-in with a paparazzo on Monday, when Brand allegedly hurled the snapper's iPhone through the window of a nearby building.

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Brand was booked on one count of simple criminal damage to property and faces a $700 fine for his outburst.