RUSSELL BRAND has been sentenced for smashing a paparazzo’s iPhone a few months ago… but he won’t he hitting the slammer.

Lucky man!

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The newly-divorced comedian, who got arrested last March in New Orleans for tossing an iPhone through a glass window after getting into a heated confrontation with a paparazzo–and ‘fessed up to it just hours later, has been sentenced for his charge of misdemeanor criminal damage.

But instead of going to jail, the actor simply has to pay some fees and do some community service.

Ain’t life easy and grand?

TMZ reported:

Brand‘s attorney plead NOT GUILTY on the actor’s behalf this morning — but the two sides worked out a deal in which the case will be dismissed if Brand pays $500 in court fees and performs 20 hours of community service by August 31.”

A close call for Russell who almost faced up to 6 months in jail.

He will reportedly work with people battling addictions during his community service.

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