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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.


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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Wow, you commenters must really all be infallible.Tell us how well you coped when the IRS was breathing down your back for millions of dollars? Oh that's right, you'd NEVER let your accountant screw you over like that. Because you're perfect.

Give me a break. The guy's pissed off and stressed out - understandably. So he drank too much, got belligerent with the cops (I wouldn't be too fond of law enforcement at the moment if I were him either) and argued with his wife. He'd tell you himself it wasn't logical or smart, but that's not the point. He was emotional. If he hit/pushed his wife, that's obviously not ok, but it sounds like that didn't happen and it was more just him being a drunk di*k. So, cut the guy some slack. IMO the police officers should've recognized this and escorted him home or just locked him up until he sobered up and then let him go.

1284 days ago


This is at least the third time in the last six months that Cage has made the news for some kind of altercation.

Maybe it runs in the family - his son Weston was in the news a couple of weeks ago when he suffered a mysterious stab wound in the arm during a domestic with his girlfriend.

1284 days ago


So in New York you can be an abused wife as long as you remain a "non-complaining witness"!!?? WTF?

1284 days ago


suck it nicky

1284 days ago


I used to think he was really HOTT back in his "Moonstruck" days - ugh, now he's just a mess...

1284 days ago


IMO Only someone drunk and temporarily insane plays the "my d**k is bigger than your d**k" game with the police. I really, really like Nic Cage as an actor and I'm sorry to see this. His financial issues are not an excuse but they can be a reason.

1284 days ago


Nic, Mel, Charlie- All they know how to do is beat up woman. All their good fortune and free time and they use it to abuse and it is always petite,or small framed women. Hope one of them gets hooked up with a great big, tall fat woman with a hachet.

1284 days ago


What set him off? Just because he's an actor, he's human. By question is and!

1284 days ago


I called it. bullsh*t.

1284 days ago

Deb Colorado    

Lori...A bad actor? Did you see him in "Leaving Las Vegas"? He won and Oscar for his portrayal in that movie. I hope he can get his act together. Any of you married here? Ever pushed your spouse in the process of an argument? Good luck to him and his wife.

1284 days ago


How in the hell can the cops tell him to "just go home" and then charge him with domestic abuse? If he committed the crime already, the cops have an obligation to take him in. If he was being belligerent with the popo, and arrested after the fact, weren't the cops being complicit regarding the domestic situation in the first place?

1284 days ago


Nick is in the cage now.

1284 days ago


Ahhh...the joys of drinking a lot.

1284 days ago

Sammie Jo    

Daring a cop to arrest you? Winnnnnning, DUH! lmao
What a jerk, I guess he thought the cop would be impressed that he's a celeb. Wrong!
The cop probably got a bonus for arresting a hollwood moron.

1284 days ago


LOSER!!! This guy had a silver spoon in his mouth from the start and he doesn't appreciate ANYTHING... I bet he even put someone up to stealing the Superman magazine and collecting the insurance $$$ - He deserves jail time and to be stripped of everything for being a stupid LOSER!!!

1284 days ago
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