Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans on one count of domestic abuse and one count of disturbing the peace.
According to police records, the bond for the domestic abuse charge is currently set at $10,000 and $1,000 for the charge of disturbing the peace.
The New Orleans Police Department reported that Cage was arguing with his wife in front of a home on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter of the city.
The actor insisted that the house they were in front of was their rental property. The police department stated that Cage grabbed his wife by the upper arm and dragged her towards the property that he believed they were renting.
There were no visible signs of injury to his wife’s arm.
Cage then began to strike cars in the immediate vicinity and attempted to jump into a taxi.
At this point, a police officer “immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling” according to Nola.com.
Gossip website TMZ.com reported that Cage allegedly said to the police “Why don’t you just arrest me?”
Cage’s wife, Kim, is not a complaining witness and does not want her husband to be charged. Witnesses have said that there was no physical contact between the two.
Cage has been married to the former waitress Kim since July 30, 2004. The couple has a son, Kal-El, who was born in 2005.
Cage has had a lengthy Hollywood career and has been nominated for an Academy Award twice. He won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of an alcoholic spiraling out of control in 1995’s “Leaving Las Vegas.”
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola and changed his name to avoid the appearance of nepotism, as he is the nephew of legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola.
Cage has previously been married to Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Presley.
Cage is known for his temper on and off the screen.
Last year, while leaving a night club in Romania, where he was on location filming the sequel to his 2007 hit “Ghost Rider,” the actor was filmed exploding into a rage during an altercation with a companion.
In an outburst outside of the nightclub, Cage was taped screaming: “I thought we were brothers, man,” and “I’ll die in the name of honor!”
TMZ has also previously reported that the actor is currently facing major financial troubles. A federal tax lien from 2009 showed that Cage owes over $6.7 million in taxes for 2008.
Cage’s former financial manager, Sam Levin, told TMZ that Cage has “15 palatial homes around the world, four yachts, a Gulfstream jet and millions of dollars in jewelry and art.”
Cage also made news when a missing mint copy of Action Comics No. 1 — the comic book debut of Superman — belonging to him surfaced in a San Fernando Valley storage locker.
The comic, which has been authenticated, was stolen from Cage more than a decade ago, according to Detective Don Hrycyk with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Art Theft Detail.