Nicolas Cage Arrested in New Orleans

April 16, 2011

Nicholas Cage

Nicolas Cage Mug Shot

Nicolas Cage's New Orleans Police Mug Shot

By Demian Russian

Actor Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans Friday night at approximately 11:30 pm. According to New Orleans Police spokesman Garry Flot, the film star was booked on suspicion of domestic abuse battery, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. According to the New Orleans police official written statement, Cage was first discovered arguing with his wife on a street in the French Quarter. A local cab driver called the police when he saw Cage grab his wife.

“(Cage) and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting. She disagreed and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address. The actor then began striking cars and tried to get into a taxi cab. 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.

– Garry Flot, New Orleans Police spokesman

Cage remained in jail this morning and was released from custody on an $11,000 bond earlier this afternoon.

Despite being one of Hollywood’s highest paid movie stars, Cage has recently been dealing with financial problems and has been liquidating assets to pay heavy back taxes. Cage sued his former business manager for $20 million in October 2009, charging that his poor advice led him into financial peril.

Cage has received two Academy Award nominations and won the Oscar for his performance as an alcoholic in the film Leaving Las Vegas (1995).

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