Russell Brand faces backlash for tweeting reporter's details
COMEDIAN Russell Brand has felt the wrath of Twitter after he tweeted an image of a Daily Mail reporter's business card featuring his mobile number.
Brand, who in the past year has become a vocal activist, posted a tweet making allegations about the tax affairs of the company and the newspaper's owner, Lord Rothermere.
"One of their senior reporters wants to talk about it," the comedian wrote.
The tweet was accompanied by an image showing the business card of senior reporter Neil Sears, with "Please call" written above his name with an arrow pointing to his work landline number, his mobile phone number and his work email address.
But some Twitter users, including former Mirror editor Pier Morgan, complained that targeting the journalist was unfair, and threatened to report Brand to Twitter.
Writer Dan Waterfield wrote: "This is not a pleasant thing to do".
Margo Milne wrote: "So you share his contact details? Low."
Minutes later, Brand deleted the tweet and explained that the reporter had asked him to call him, but did not apologise for posting his details.
"That was a bit nuts. He put it thru me door with "please call" on it. They're bothering me Mum. Deleted it. I'm human," he wrote.
The tweet comes after Russell Brand threatened to take legal action against The Sun last week for labelling him a 'hypocrite'.