Community service an honour: Brand 0
British actor and comedian Russell Brand arrives for the European premiere of the film Rock of Ages at Leicester Square in central London in this June 10, 2012 file photograph. (Toby Melville/REUTERS)
Russell Brand has no qualms about his sentence for criminal damage because the comedian considers community service an "honour", not a punishment.
The British funnyman faced a six-month jail term after he was charged with the misdemeanour amid claims he snatched a paparazzo's iPhone and hurled it through the window of an abandoned building in New Orleans, Louisiana in March.
Brand's lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf during an arraignment hearing on Thursday, but the representative subsequently managed to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors to keep the star out of jail.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service by August 31 as part of the agreement but Brand insists he is "happy" to do his "duty".
He tells WENN, "I don't know what their format of community service is, but community service, that doesn't seem like a punishment. That seems like a duty. We are our community. Service is an honour. I'll be happy to do it."
Brand's lawyer initially claimed his client was planning to spend his community service hours working with recovering drug addicts, but the star reveals he will simply take whatever work local officials hand to him.
He says, "What will I be doing? I don't know. Tidying up or something probably."
The case will be dismissed if Brand honours the deal and pays $500 in court fees.