More details are emerging about the altercations that left Nicolas Cage arrested early Saturday morning in New Orleans, and the runup to those events.
“He was running around and screaming in the street,” a barman at Harry’s Corner in New Orleans says, describing Cage’s drunken, semi-crazed state.
Cage and his wife were fighting over which house they were renting in the French Quarter, adds Peter Bennett, a local street performer who lives nearby.
The actor them stumbled around, wasted in a tattoo parlor.
The Academy Award winner, who is filming in the area, was charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace after arguing with his wife, Alice Kim.
“Apparently he had mistaken the house of my neighbors for the other house up the block that he is actually renting,” a witness says. “His wife was trying to persuade [Nicolas] from disturbing the elderly couple who do in fact live in that house.”
Cage is actually renting the house three doors down.
“Cage ran a block south toward the river, where he tried to get into a cab. There was a woman outside with a baby, shouting, ‘Please don’t hurt us.'”
Cage, who was arrested after antagonizing the police officer who ordered him out of the cab, seemed to be intoxicated, according to a fellow inmate.
“He was drunk,” says a guy in the holding cell near where Cage was dragged in, noting that the actor was actively chatting with sheriff’s deputies.
“He wasn’t in a cell. He was behind the counter with the other officers.”
After being bailed out by Dog the Bounty Hunter, who posted his $11,000 bond, the 47-year-old is due in court to face the charges on May 31.
No one answered the door of the Cage property (the one he really lives in) on Saturday evening, while a rep for the actor had no comment.