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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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61.

Ron    

Nic, like many other actors have a longivity that usually doesn't last a lifetime. There are few that do, but he's in a bind with his bills, hasn't had a hit for awhile now, and he'll have to accept his fate, and learn to deal with it, other than drinking, or doing other things to destroy his reputation, while holleywood turns their back on him. Just another star who can't believe their time may be over making big movies and getting big money. Lets hope he gets help, and soon.

1203 days ago
62.

anni    

Chris: being drunk and harassing a cop is not Freedom of Speech, it is Public Intoxication.

1203 days ago
63.

mark edward marchiafava    

Welcome to the police state of Louisiana, Bobby "jump ship" Jindal, presiding.

1203 days ago
64.

stolar    

"Disturbing the peace"? What peace?

I don't usually like Cage. But in this case I think, or guess, he hasn't done anything wrong.

1203 days ago
65.

Obamasucks    

I wonder if they were fighting over one of his foreclosed homes,...lol, what a loser.

1203 days ago
66.

Bob    

I alwayr knew this guy was a bad apple

1203 days ago
67.

Bolishous    

OK, so next season's Celebrity Rehab lineup:

Elena Ford
Coolio
Nic Cage

Can't wait to see who's next!

1203 days ago
68.

William Smalley    

Nicolas Cage, is a awesome and a smart actor. What is hard to comprehend how can a person with so much talent mismanage his life. Nicolas Cage owes the government approximately $6 million on back taxes. With all the movies he was involve in, earning millions, a person would think that some of that money Nicolas Cage earned would have been put away toward paying taxes.

1203 days ago
69.

Gary    

I am a big fan of Nick and his movies. Hopefully this will get his attention and he will go sit in the corner and have a talk with his self.

1203 days ago
70.

Clone Wars    

Taunting the police usually ends in an arrest, with charges filed. Duh! Maybe he was jazzed about getting his Action #1 back.

1203 days ago
71.

Superman    

I thought he was married to Monica Potter at some point. Oh, well. I was like he's dumb to let her go.

1203 days ago
72.

Public    

aguanet you just typecast a whole group of people with your sick racists style comments. It becomes dangerous when it encourages false belief about a targetted group. Nobody wants to hear your ignorantness considered opinions.

1203 days ago
73.

Aleks    

Oh come on..... this story would've been perfect if the cop that showed up was Steven Seagal!

1203 days ago
74.

Lucky_130    

If there is one place a celebrity should feel its OK to be seen totally wasted in, its New Orleans. But this right here is somethin else.

1203 days ago
75.

jim    

Leaving Las Vegas?? or Just an Early Mardi Gras??

1203 days ago
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