Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans late Friday night following a drunken argument with his wife Alice. The 47-year old Oscar actor has been charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace as a result of the incident, which took place in the French Quarter.
Cage had apparently had a few drinks when he and his wife began to argue loudly over the address of the apartment they are renting. (Cage is in town to film “Medallion.”)
“(Cage, mugshot above left) and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting,” New Orleans Police spokesman Garry Flot said in a written statement. “She disagreed and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address.”
The film star made even more of a scene by “striking” cars, before trying to catch a cab.
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“At that point, an officer who had been flagged down by on-lookers drove up on the couple, immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling. The officers subsequently took Cage to Central Lock-Up,” Flot said.
A source told TMZ that New Orleans’ finest were fully prepared to just send the actor back on his merry way. But, no, Cage just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He actually dared them to arrest him.
Which they did. (I’m guessing that’s not how Cage thought it would go down. Oopsie.)
According to police, Cage’s wife had no visible injuries. In fact, she insists it didn’t get physical and has not filed charges.
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After being hauled off in handcuffs, Cage was arraigned on one count of domestic abuse and one of disturbing the peace. Don’t worry. He didn’t have to spend too much time in the clink. Just enough time to allow someone to post a $11,000 bail bond on his behalf.
Who, you ask? None other than Duane “Dog” Chapman, of “Big Dog the Bounty Hunter” fame.
One can only assume Cage is who Dog’s wife Beth Chapman was referring to when she tweeted: “My guy just walked out of the jail damn new Orleans 8 hours holy cow that’s a lot of time toProcess (sic) one guy.”
Way to keep it classy, Nicolas Cage. Enjoy that May 31 court date.
image: mugshot released by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office