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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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CoastieDave    

A friend of mine did the same thing in NOLA. After argueing, the cops punched him in the stomach, then arrested him. Nic got off easy. Don't mess with cops especially in NOLA!

1254 days ago
122.

LBjim    

Great!! Another Trainwreck!!!

1254 days ago
123.

fred    

he's a great actor and who cares. It must suck to have media up your ass all the time.

1254 days ago
124.

sunny    

I live in the French Quarter in New Orleans. This chardge has to be more to it. If NOPD arrested half the people walking the streets of the French Quarter drunk we would have the jails full all the time. The cops in the quarter are VERY used to handling drunk tourists and locals alike. It was either a smart ass cop or Cage went beyond what was said. I'm going to walk on down to Bourbon Street to hear the scoop.

1254 days ago
125.

jim    

As an actor & personality , he sucks. If his last name wasn`t Coppola, he`d be driving a cab in San Jose

1254 days ago
126.

Denise Prewitt    

It looks like he is in the kitchen of a restaurant..lol...charges will probably be dropped..wife said was no physical contact..? Cops probably just wanted to charge him cuz he wouldn't shut up...sleep it off nic!

1254 days ago
127.

TJ    

so now just yelling at someone is domestic abuse? wtf?

1254 days ago
128.

Gina    

Oh he grabbed her big deal. Some makes him a wife abuser?

1254 days ago
129.

Atjena    

People must be very stupid to belive in this story. Cage didn't hit his wife, he was pissed off for things we'll never know and the taxy driver should have had take care of his business because he didn't saw any physical violence against Cage's wife. Cops misunderstood Cage's reaction and overreacted probably because he was famous.
Taxy driver and cops wanted their 15 minutes of celebrity.

1254 days ago
130.

Atjena    

People must be very stupid to belive in this story. Cage didn't hit his wife, he was pissed off for things we'll never know and the taxy driver should have had take care of his business because he didn't saw any physical violence against Cage's wife. Cops misunderstood Cage's reaction and overreacted probably because he was famous.
Taxy driver and cops wanted their 15 minutes of celebrity.

1254 days ago
131.

PRO US    

Taxi driver is either a brave, honest, caring person for coming forward to be a witness in this matter, or the taxi driver is craving attention, fame, respect and maybe a big payday.

1254 days ago
132.

esq777    

#LOSING

1254 days ago
133.

northern gypsy    


***sunny***
awesome...sniff out the what the word on the street is...
please do post once you've got the news !!!

1254 days ago
134.

dan    

What are the police using a factory for headquarters?This seems a little off to me.

1254 days ago
135.

John    

Nic, when you taunt the police, you lose. You found that out, didn't you.

1254 days ago
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