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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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61.

thegreatamericandesertreturns    

THAT IS FINE as long as it happened in france and one holloauos of a PR jobby jabber

778 days ago
62.

Blue Lake    

What a depraved lowlife. The girl and the world would be better without him.

778 days ago
63.

freshie    

Ok, I have two questions - what kind of woman would go out with that guy, and he's only 44? Wow, that dude is a train wreck.

778 days ago
64.

Toilethead    

Did he try to eat the entire Eiffel Tower?

778 days ago
65.

Hallo    

If that were a woman all they would talk about was how fat she was

778 days ago
66.

roll3567    

So great to see Artie is getting his life back on track and thinking clea...um. Keep it up baby gorilla

778 days ago
67.

FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

WINNING! Stupid F*ck!

778 days ago
68.

kapnkool    

Artie showed up to my gig down at the jersey shore just last Saturday. I want to go on record to say that he was the nicest, sweetest person you can imagine. He took pictures with us and I told him that I paid to see "Dirty Work" in the theaters. He reached into his pocket and said "you want your money back?". What a guy!!!

778 days ago
69.

JONIBOY    

THE ONLY SURPRISE IS THAT HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND!!!!

777 days ago
70.

liz    

that ugly f^%& has a girlfriend?! he mustve have promised her a guest shot on howards show.

773 days ago
71.

Dietrich Buxtehude    

Artie has a show on SiriusXM with Nick DiPaolo as second banana and enabler. Artie is using and everybody knows it. But, they will keep riding the mule til he drops. Shameful!

766 days ago
72.

Joyce    

If he really had to spend a night in jail, things were ugly for Artie. congélateur bon prix

703 days ago
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