The actor, 35, tangled with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday afternoon, then was placed under arrest by one of the photographers.
Airport police responded to a "report of a battery involving a celebrity and a commercial photographer" and the alleged victim made a "private person's arrest," according to a police statement.
TMZ posted a video showing Brand arriving with fiancée Katy Perry and marching through a throng of paparazzi. The actor shoved several photographers out of his way as he headed into the terminal.
Officers made it official with their own arrest and the Get Him to the Greek star was hauled in for booking.
After the incident, Brand's bride-to-be Perry Tweeted, "If you cross the line & try an[d] put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me."