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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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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.

1287 days ago


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

1287 days ago

mark edward marchiafava    

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

1287 days ago


"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.

1287 days ago


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

1287 days ago


I alwayr knew this guy was a bad apple

1287 days ago


OK, so next season's Celebrity Rehab lineup:

Elena Ford
Nic Cage

Can't wait to see who's next!

1287 days ago

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.

1287 days ago


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.

1287 days ago

Clone Wars    

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

1287 days ago


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

1287 days ago


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.

1287 days ago


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

1287 days ago


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.

1287 days ago


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

1287 days ago
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