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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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46.

anni    

Pushing and yelling at a woman and the cops advise to 'both go home' wtf? She should press charges! Cage should have his ass kicked for his behavior. Big mean puss bully. She should take a wok and beat him until he is dead in his sleep.

1202 days ago
47.

rafa    

who cares?

1202 days ago
48.

Sasha    

That Mugshot looks a little suspicious ?

NC Love him as an actor and Director Hope it is not true. Sorry but pushing someone away from you is a lot different than true domestic abuse . Lets not get ahead of ourselves .

1202 days ago
49.

Matt    

Is that Tammy Wynette's song D-I-V-O-R-C-E beginning to play in the background? Nick shouldn't have ever narried Alice in the first place. After he married her, his career took dive. I agree that his next and final wife needs to be a nice Italian lady near his age.

1202 days ago
50.

Truth    

WOW, APPEARS HE'S AN ALCOHOLIC FOR A WHILE NOW. READ EDITOR IN CHIEF JIM NELSON'S ACCOUNT OF HIS RUN-IN WITH NIC CAGE IN NEW ORLEANS NOT TO LONG BEFORE THIS INCIDENT. AGAIN, AN ARGUMENT WITH HIS WIFE. SHE LEAVES WITH THE KID AND HE PISSES OFF THE REMAINDER PATRONS AT THE RESTAURANT ONLY TO HAVE SECURITY TELL HIM TO LEAVE. TYPICAL DRUNKEN ALCOHOLIC BINGE...

http://www.gq.com/magazine/toc/201105/jim-nelson-may-2011?printable=true

1202 days ago
51.

Matt    

Is that Tammy Wynette's song D-I-V-O-R-C-E beginning to play in the background? Nick shouldn't have ever married Alice in the first place. After he married her, his career took a dive. I agree that his next and final wife needs to be a nice Italian lady near his age.

1202 days ago
52.

joe stanich    

NIC... WHAT ARE YOU DOING? COME TO NYC!

1202 days ago
53.

Special K    

Leaving this jerk-off was the best thing Lisa Marie ever did!

1202 days ago
54.

tim    

Nic is in the cage now.

1202 days ago
55.

Torico    

He was just trying out for Leaving Las Vegas 2, give him a break.

1202 days ago
56.

Lisa    

I always thought he was a weirdo, he should go
to rehab. And if his wife had any sense
she should get a divorce.

1202 days ago
57.

matt    

When did everybody get so f***ing judgmental..downing this guy immediately cuz TMZ says this.....lmao....is this a catholic blog?

1202 days ago
58.

Franklyn    

Can't we all just get along

1202 days ago
59.

anni    

Its New Orleans Baby! That is a mug shot from there! The cops have no hubcaps on cars, you are processed in lowly basements; welcome to the Quarters man! ha ha ha Nicky needs to stay in LA

1202 days ago
60.

Chris    

From what I read what happened to freedom of speech? Now we r locking up folks

1202 days ago
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