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Russell Brand arrested at LAX after altercation with photographer

September 17, 2010 |  4:01 pm

British comedian Russell Brand was arrested Friday at Los Angeles International Airport after getting into a physical altercation with a photographer.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. at Terminal 5 at LAX. Details were still sketchy, but sources told The Times that Brand exchanged words and allegedly hit a paparazzi who was following him through the airport. It's unclear whether he was about to take a flight or was arriving in L.A.

Brand was being taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division station, where he is expected to be booked on suspicion of battery. It's unknown if the photographer was hurt.

Last year, singer Kanye West got into a physical altercation with members of the paparazzi at the airport. He was also arrested.

LAX officials said they've been trying to reduce problems between celebrities and aggressive photographers at the airport.

--Andrew Blankstein