Russell Brand is terrified of Victoria Beckham.

The 37-year-old actor has been avoiding Victoria's local haunts in Los Angeles, where they both live, because he is worried she will confront him about dumping her Spice Girls bandmate Geri Halliwell after a brief fling.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Russell's avoiding Victoria at all costs.

''He's scared to visit the places where he used to bump into her.

''It's got so bad he's even changed his regular coffee shop because she goes there, and now goes to one that's two miles from his home in west Hollywood.

''He knows he didn't treat Geri too kindly, and is convinced Victoria will kick off when she sees him.''

Russell has dated a string of women - including Geri, Jordana Brewster's sister Isabella and Mexican artist Oriela Medellin Amieiro - since splitting from wife Katy Perry, but is not planning to get serious with any of them.

The insider added: ''Russell isn't looking for anything too serious since his split with Katy Perry. He's just having fun again.''