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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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Most regretted words to say to a cop when drunk in Na'lins: "Go ahead--arrest me! I DARE you!"

1283 days ago


@Brimston: really? do Korean girls argue? or do they just plan some back stabbing indirect anger thing? I prefer upfront honest anger myself. takes more guts.

1283 days ago

Ron Foyee    

He appears very DRUNK in that photo! Wonder how many bottles of vodka he had polished off prior to this photo???

1283 days ago


wow another actor behaving badly, great role model, maybe he and charlie sheen should get together and compare notes.

1283 days ago

Kris Jenner and Kim K = money hungry plastic sellouts.    

why do people have to mention charlie sheen in comments? like sheen 2.0 or "he's charlie's friend." so annoying and not funny anymore.

1283 days ago


Didn't old Nick defaulton a couple of home mortgages last year?

Just "axing"....................

1283 days ago

BB in CA    

"and ordered him out of the cab" NO police couldn't just let him go home and sleep it off. New Orleans cops just couldn't let it go. They are hard nosed to everyone in that city.

1283 days ago

PRO US    

A mug shot with his eyes closed? How will the police ever recognize Nicolas Cage if they have to find him again?

1283 days ago


ALALALA 16 minutes ago

Its my understanding that C. Sheen has spoken recently about Cage being a close friend

1283 days ago

indoor camping    

Lost track of his wives after the Presley one.

1283 days ago

Gomalio Fung    

What do you expect from an old neo-hippie pothead with brain damage, and a mediocre actor with one on camera persona--dazed?

"Don't harsh mah BUZZ, maynnnnnnnn!!!"

1283 days ago


Wow he is so smart and cool I bet he could gay marry Mike Vick!

1283 days ago

Kevin Gregg    

I think Cage just wanted to get away from his wife. For a short time being inside a cop car or a police station or a jail cell is more pleasant than being at home with one's spouse when one is in a bad marriage.

1283 days ago

Gomalio Fung    

Yeah, that 27 days a month they are PMS'ing is pure hell if you can't get away from it. Marriage and divorce: The screwing we get for the screwing we got.

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