Over the weekend, Cage was arrested in New Orleans for domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace. The actor was reportedly drunk, and confused about which house he was renting while in town filming ''The Medallion''. He and his third wife, Alice Kim, took the argument to the streets. Allegedly Cage pushed her, punched several cars and shouted at police to arrest him.
According to the abcnews.go.com article, Peter Bennett
, a man who lives nearby the property, was quoted as having told People that: ''Apparently he had mistaken the house of my neighbors for the other house up the block that he is actually renting. His wife was trying to persuade him from disturbing the elderly couple who do in fact live in that house.''
To add to the actor's high profile drama, Duane ''Dog'' Chapman bailed him out.
According to the April 17th latimesblogs.latimes.com blog, ''Nicolas Cage: Before New Orleans arrest, a tattoo shop; after, bail by Dog the Bounty Hunter'', the Dog was quoted as saying in a statement: ''I am a truly dedicated fan of Mr. Cage, and will not be granting any interviews about my client as I wish to respect his privacy. I performed my duties as a bail bondsman and not in connection with our show. This is what I do for a living.''
Cage's downward spiral includes his fight at a Romanian nightclub during filming of the ''Ghost Rider'' sequel last year. And, this March, he allegedly had a verbal argument while intoxicated in New Orleans. However, he was not charged in that incident.
Ex-girlfriend and mother of his oldest child, Christina Fulton, also sued Cage for fraud and breach of contract in 2009, claiming Cage inflicted ''mental, physical and emotional abuse'' on her during their relationship, according to the April 18th
mtv.com article, ''Nicolas Cage's Domestic Violence Arrest Just Latest Of Actor's Legal Problems''. She also claimed Cage bought her a house in 2001 but when she tried to sell it, found out the title was not in her name.
On top of Cage's legal problems are some steep financial woes. The IRS placed a tax lien on Cage's real estate, due to his failure to pay federal taxes. According to the mtv.com article, Cage admits he owes the IRS some $14 million, but he is repaying it, as he transitions between business managers - where yet another lawsuit has arisen, only in this case, it's Cage doing the suing.
The actor is suing former business manager Samuel Levin for $20 million, claiming mismanagement, which Levin denies. Cage is reported to have spent outrageous amounts of money on homes, castles, cars, jewelry, even islands.
According to the March 2010 musicrooms.net article, ''Nicolas Cage's lawyer gives cash-curbing advice'', Cage's attorney, Hollywood lawyer Martin ''Marty'' Singer told CNN that: ''You need someone to tell you, 'No, you cannot buy that piece of property. You cannot buy that piece of art. You cannot buy that car'.'', and that clients hire him for one good reason. Per Singer, clients tell him that, ‘I don't want to be Lindsay Lohan'. No courthouse. No jail.''
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