Crowe should never have done this and he should have been arrested, but...
Is this really front (web)page material on the LA Times? I think not. If anything, just put it on the police beat. But of course the media doesn't do this.
Crowe is an actor. That's all he is, maybe he inspires a few people to be actors, but over all, Russel Crowe has little impact on the world. Him being an arsehole isn't worthy of our time.
Maybe it's time we looked in other places for interesting and important stories. Crowe throwing a phone at someone is just a waste of time.