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Artie Lange

'I Was Arrested

in Paris, France'

7/17/2012 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Artie Lange says he spent a night in a French jail cell sometime in the past couple of weeks ... after a failed attempt to fight police officers outside of a theater in Paris.

Lange explained the arrest on the "Nick and Artie" radio show yesterday ... saying while the show was on break over the past couple of weeks, he flew into a "white out" rage in Paris after becoming upset with his girlfriend.

Artie says the woman had gone to a theater with a friend following the argument ... but Lange was so upset, he followed her to the venue and began screaming, "Get out here, you effing c**t."

Cops responded to the scene, according to Artie, and told him to calm down ... but the confrontation only enraged the 44-year-old who says he then "took a swing" at the cops.

During the altercation, Lange says cops ripped his shirt off ... before putting the comic in handcuffs and transporting him to a nearby jail.

Lange -- who's struggled with substance abuse in the past -- claims he was clean and sober during the incident ... saying he was just really, really angry.

As for Artie's GF -- the comic says he and the woman broke up following the arrest.

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31.

BB not bb    

He was funny when he started out on Howard Stern. I haven't heard him since then but I know he has had emotional problems with suicide and depression and now this. Maybe it is from psych meds he took for his mental health issues. I don't think this is normal behavior even for a rage-ahohoic. He seems like he has poor judgement and can't think clearly, signe of psychiatric medication induced brain damage.


Talk about being an ugly American, I am sure the French in that theater only think more of that perception now. I don't even really see people doing that in America. Maybe they go overseas to cut up. Maybe the French are oblivious to the passive agressive mind games people play over here, so the foreigners try to act out over the attention that they crave.


Why did they police rip off his shirt? Is that how they beat up suspects over there, or was he whirling around as they tried to grab his arm and unwound his clothes? Were they trying to make a bad scene worse?

773 days ago
32.

Bridget    

He acts like a revolting, disgusting, slob sober too? Thats unfortionate.


He should of treated his girlfriend with more respect. The fact that he found a woman willing to come within a foot of him is a miracle. He looks like he has fleas.

773 days ago
33.

ec    

artie actually said he was drunk not sober

773 days ago
34.

Kari    

This guy needs to get off the drugs, go on a major diet, and get some counseling.

773 days ago
35.

Mick Kahler    

Yeah, that idiot was clean and sober. And fat dogs never fart!

773 days ago
36.

Valerie Tyson    

Put him on celebrity death watch

773 days ago
37.

gpzjack    

I thought he died l

773 days ago
38.

Kiko    

Artie is a raging douchebag

773 days ago
39.

DaveT    

Do they have bidets in French jail?

773 days ago
40.

Atlgb    

Girlfriend? Oh, please. GF = hooker
But I loved his movie Fareneheit 9/11

773 days ago
41.

CRAZYGIRL    

Artie sober up!!!And beg Howard for your job back!!! Think of your mom and sister for once, stop being selfish... And get a set of balls......Then, try and make a comeback...

773 days ago
42.

kimkardashianstalkingass    

He should change his name to Artery 'Clogged' Lange. Or Fartie Lange.

773 days ago
43.

YouDontSay    

There goes your second chance down the drain...Jerk.

773 days ago
44.

Quinn    

This story is a LIE. There is no way this dude had a girlfriend.

773 days ago
45.

peoplearesilly    

And we are to find this interesting because why? He's AN IDIOT. I doubt anyone even cares about his "news."

773 days ago
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