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Nicolas Cage arrested for domestic abuse

posted 16 Apr 2011, 11:23 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 16 Apr 2011, 14:37 ]

Nicolas Cage is in custody by New Orleans police after being arrested for domestic abuse.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES. REUTERS - Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested in New Orleans after a drunken argument with his wife outside a residence in the French Quarter, police said on Saturday (April 16).

The 47-year-old film star was taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday (April 15) and booked on suspicion of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness, New Orleans Police

spokesman Garry Flot said in a written statement.

Cage was expected to make an initial court appearance on Saturday afternoon.

According to the statement, Cage was observed arguing with his wife on a street in the city's French Quarter and Cage pulled his wife's arm.

The actor then began striking cars and tried to get into a taxi cab, Flot said.

There were no visible injuries to Cage's wife, he said. Cage, the nephew of film director Francis Ford Coppola, is best known for such films as "Raising Arizona," "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "National Treasure."

He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, winning the Oscar for his portrayal of a down-and-out alcoholic in the 1995 film "Leaving Las Vegas."