by Kevin Allman
1993: Mr. Eddie Vedder, the smooth-jazz superstar of the Spokane-based R&B group Pearl Drops, allegedly spits in the face of another gentleman during an evening of high and low jinks on Decatur Street. Somehow Jack McDowell of the Chicago White Sox was involved as well. Mr. Vedder is detained by the New Orleans gendarmerie and booked with disturbing the peace and public drunkenness. A couple of decades later, at a youth ukelele hootenanny sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Mr. Vedder makes reference to that incident with amusement.
2003: Mr. Jamie Foxx creates a ruckus at a downtown gambling parlor while in New Orleans filming the movie Ray. Allegations of uncouth language are made. Water from a fountain is allegedly splashed. Pepper spray is really, not allegedly, deployed. Mr. Foxx is arrested. The gentleman ultimately receives a six-month suspended sentence and two years' probation, as well as an Academy Award.
2011: Mr. Nicolas Cage is charged with disturbing the peace and public drunkenness after having a difference of opinion with his wife, Alice Kim. A taxicab is somehow involved. Weeks later, a GQ editor relates an amusing tale of Mr. Cage's behavior at the restaurant Stella!, which involved the phrase "GIVE ME YOUR DIGITS!" and ended with the intervention of New Orleans' finest. Later in the year, Mr. Cage has an altercation with a naked man brandishing a Fudgsicle.
2012: Mr. Russell Brand grabs a paparazzo's iPhone. Rather than play Angry Birds or fire up some Pandora tunes, the British alleged funnyman throws it through the window of a downtown New Orleans legal concern. Mr. Brand is then a kind of a douche about it on Twitter. Arrest warrants are procured, Mr. Brand surrenders, and we have the latest in a collection of photos from the Hotel Gusman on Tulane Avenue.