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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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1.

ChloeMarie    

who?

641 days ago
2.

gamepro    

he needs anger management because he is out of control

641 days ago
3.

Rusty Key    

What a jerk. Anyone who speaks that way to a lady in public OR PRIVATE is completely unworthy of respect. It's a shame that some people would continue to support a person who acts in this manner.

641 days ago
4.

zelda    

Artie, dude, with rage like that you shouldn't be in a relationship. You are dangerous.

641 days ago
5.

cheiner    

if that guy was sober then I have a 18" penis

641 days ago
6.

Pudding Tang    

'clean and sober during the incident' ...... RIGHT RIGHT, GOTCHA!.....KNOW WHAT I MEAN, KNOW WHAT I MEAN, NUDGE NUDGE.....

641 days ago
7.

sailbyme    

Find out if he wants to be buried or cremated. I have him on my death list.

641 days ago
8.

the_truth_hurts    

this guy was NEVER funny...howard stern tried to save him years ago then he gave up...smart move..no one want to be around trash like this...Im always shocked junkies find work and are made into superstars...he should have tried harder to kill himself years ago...he's a weak douchebag the world would be better off without

641 days ago
9.

roger paris    

Another fat, stupid, ugly American. He's also painfully unfunny.

641 days ago
10.

Dobby    

Smart woman. And I agree, who?

641 days ago
11.

Delaware D    

RIP Artie Lange (fingers crossed)

641 days ago
12.

mike_in_canada    

Artie is to calm, what Ron Jeremy is to chivalry.

641 days ago
13.

twinsies    

I don't blame his girlfriend for dumping him. Good for her.

641 days ago
14.

EatMe    

broke up 'following the arrest' aka after calling his girlfriend an 'effing c*nt'. What a POS!

641 days ago
15.

mebrat24    

This is big news-- pig arrested,
Suri in car crash, 2918 sq ft mansion, football player arrested
SLOW DAY AT KMZ ( really getting bad)

641 days ago
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