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Nic Cage -- Taunted Police Into Arresting Him

4/16/2011 1:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources close to Nicolas Cage tell TMZ ... Nic was arrested in New Orleans this morning after daring the police to arrest him following a loud argument with his wife.

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Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Nic was "very drunk" on the streets of N.O. when a cab driver saw him loudly arguing with his wife Alice.

We're told the cabbie called the police and said in addition to the screaming and yelling ... he saw Nic grab her.

We're told the police came and told Nic and his wife to just go home. That's when Nic allegedly told cops, "Why don't you just arrest me?" The cops then reiterated that he and his wife should just go home. Cage then repeated his dare to cops.

At that point, police took Nic into custody and charged him with ...domestic abuse and disturbing the peace.

We're also told Nic's wife is not a complaining witness and does not want him charged -- and says there was no physical contact.

UPDATE 10:27 AM PT -- A bond has been set at $11,000.

UPDATE 11:20 AM PT -- Cage has been released.

UPDATE 4/18: Cage's wife has opted to waive her option to get a restraining order against the actor.


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136.

Majestik    

Next up...TMZ shows us the Taxi driver and gives us the full rundown.

What's next, the Taxi driver sues Cage for getting arrested because he lost his cab fare?

1234 days ago
137.

TrdShwDeco    

Men they r what they r....

1234 days ago
138.

kevingq    

HIS ASIAN WIFE IS HOT.

He's gonna lose her, though.

1234 days ago
139.

PhD2010    

So let me get this right - domestic abuse would not have been a problem for the police if Nick wouldn't have dared them to arrest him, but once he dared them...ah...now we'll arrest you for abusing your wife. Yeah, well...that charge is all but dropped...even before the case. NOPD suck!

That's domestic abuse? If that constitutes domestic abuse, then I'd better call the cops for my daughter, husband, friends, and siblings because all of them have 'grabbed' my arm at one point or not and pulled me in one direction or the other. I hate when cops do this because it takes away from the 'real' women and men that are abused by their spouses. I like Nick Cage. This man has done so much for people, yet you never hear about it because unlike many of the other stars, he does not brag about it. He practically gave all he had to New Orleans and that's the way they repay him?

1234 days ago
140.

PRO US    

When Nic Cage put his arm on his wife's arm, the cab driver was traumatized and will have to be treated for shock, mental trauma, suffering and loss of the capacity to enjoy life requiring years of psychic therapy from Dionne Warwick's network. Only a multi million dollar cash settlement can begin to heal the poor cabby.

1234 days ago
141.

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1234 days ago
142.

penny    

Nic, Mel and Charlie love to manhandle and beat up their wives. Hopefully they all get hooked up with a sturdy big fat woman with big fat arms that carries a hachet in her gucci bag.

1234 days ago
143.

boomer    

Why do these Hollywood types think they're above the law and that they can do whatever they want whenever they want?

1234 days ago
144.

Jeigh    

That's two crimes. The first is impersonating an actor.

1234 days ago
145.

Young Skeezy    

Man, NOLA cops are usually pretty cool. As long as you don't have a glass container, and aren't REALLY acting like an ass....
They leave you alone for the most part.
The cop told him TWICE to go home......
Nic is WINNING!!!!!!!

1234 days ago
146.

Val     

Total BS charge. He didn't hit her, there are no marks. She's not pressing charges. They had a disagreement. True, stupidity on his part for taunting the cops but being an idiot is not against the law. If he was drunk, now I see a charge for that but the domestic was a BS charge.

1234 days ago
147.

Sandra     

What a jerk!!!

1234 days ago
148.

Nehmo Sergheyev    

In Kansas City, Kansas, misdemeanor domestic means 6 hours in jail and 72 no-contact (any kind) with the victim. The accused can't go home unless the spouse (or whatever)doesn't call the cops. Even if the spouse doesn't want to testify, they will give her 2 opportunities(this is after a few appearances by the accused). It doesn't matter what she says, if she testifies, the defendant is convicted. The defendant can appeal.
In other words, even if nothing happened, the accused must go through quite a bit. It's a money making process for the city, and Cage will pay.
Nehmo

1234 days ago
149.

JohnWest    

Why did anyone need to know this? It's idiotic .. it's not news it's pap. Get a life.

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150.

David    

Never marry them.. they're only good for Rub and Tugs

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