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Artie Lange

'I Was Arrested

in Paris, France'

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

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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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?

798 days ago


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.

798 days ago


artie actually said he was drunk not sober

798 days ago


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

798 days ago

Mick Kahler    

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

798 days ago

Valerie Tyson    

Put him on celebrity death watch

798 days ago


I thought he died l

798 days ago


Artie is a raging douchebag

798 days ago


Do they have bidets in French jail?

798 days ago


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

798 days ago


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...

798 days ago


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

798 days ago


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

798 days ago


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

798 days ago


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

798 days ago
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