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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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76.

Mark    

Much ado about nothing. He and his wife had a small spat. We all do. Nothing new there. No physical violence. The only mistake was being so drunk on the street that you dared the cops to arrest you. Nic should plead guilty to STUPIDITY and be released asap.

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77.

vik    

Good thing he didn't dare them to shoot him.

1200 days ago
78.

Chris    

I still say and!,no matter what you/or he say. Their's no reason to arrest,especially went no charges filed.

1200 days ago
79.

BKZ    

Is being drunk in public a chargable offence in New Orleans?

1200 days ago
80.

Kari    

Maybe he and fellow loser Sheen could start doing these pathetic tours Sheen is doing--the two of them would be perfect together. It could be called the real life "Biggest Loser" show.

1200 days ago
81.

Graycat in CA    

another "star" who confuses real life in real time with a movie shoot or some random bad-ass character he's played in the past. ex. Sutherland headbutting a guy at a party...Sheen on stage without a script or director, the Transformers kid sneaking up on & throwing hot coffee on a paparazzi then running away... WTF? These guys have real time, real life problems with who they are, IMO. (ps - not to exclude female stars, these just come to mind easily, think "O").

1200 days ago
82.

Majestik    

Not very good publicity for Ghost Rider 2. He needs a better wife that can keep him calm LOL.

1200 days ago
83.

Willy Brown    

Dip Stick

1200 days ago
84.

rainbow4321    

Wasn't there another video not long ago when he was in another country, coming out of some restaurant, yelling irrational stuff at some other guy? Hope he gets some help if he needs it, for the sake of his kid.

1200 days ago
85.

BB in CA    

I may have believed this story if I hadn't read, "The cops then reiterated that he and his wife should just go home."
That does NOT sound like any cop in NO. Don't believe it.

1200 days ago
86.

VictoriaGirl    

Wow, good for the cab driver for not just ignoring it and driving away, he actually did something.

1200 days ago
87.

Chris in NOLA    

From the NOPD:
47-year-old Nicolas Cage is in police custody this morning after getting drunk last night in the French Quarter and arguing in the street with his wife. He’s booked with Domestic Abuse Battery, Disturbing the Peace and Public Drunkenness.

Around 11:30pm last night Cage was arguing with his wife in the 600 block of
Dumaine Street
. He and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting. She disagreed, and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address. There were no visible signs of injury on his wife’s arm.

The actor then began striking vehicles and later attempted to get into a taxi.

At that point, an officer who had been flagged down by on-lookers drove up on the couple, immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated, and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling. The officers subsequently took Cage to Central Lock-Up.

1200 days ago
88.

runningman    

Another idiotic celebrity with a alcohol problem and a gold digging wife. And there are those in our society that envy and look up to people like this?

1200 days ago
89.

Roz    

Maybe it's time someone investigated the NOLA police as to why they're so aggressive pursuing disturbances re celebrities. About 2 years ago, during May the actor Jan-Michael Vincent was either cited or arrested under similar cir***stances. The female involved also was not complaining or pressing charges. This sounds like the NOLA police are again flexing their muscles and calling your tip line.

1200 days ago
90.

IrishEyesAreSmiling    

CAGE should have married an Irish girl ... he would still be seeing "stars" and the "ringing" he's hearing would NOT be the telephone!!!! We don't get the name "Fighting Irish" for nothing!!!!!

1200 days ago
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