Nicolas Cage may be investigated for child abuse because his 5-year-old son, Kal-El, was involved in his recent confrontation with his wife Alice in New Orleans, a report says.
Cage, 47, was arrested after the April 15 incident on charges of domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace by being drunk in public. Cage and his wife, his third spouse, have not commented publicly on the incident.
Police say the "heavily intoxicated" actor dropped the boy while arguing with his wife, a report states. A child-abuse detective was called to the scene. No inquiry was launched at the time but could still be pursued by child protective services.
A police sergeant said he first encountered Cage that night when he saw him on a street in the city yelling "She's trying to kill me!" and banging on vehicles. The policeman drew his taser to try and stop Cage from entering a taxi cab and was able to calm him down, but he then walked away, according to a police report, filed on Monday, April 25 and posted on RadarOnline.
A New Orleans police spokesperson confirmed the number of the report to OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The sergeant said Alice Cage approached him and identified the man as Nicolas Cage. Officers retrieved Cage and drove him to their residence at her request. She said that earlier in the evening, her husband had been drinking at a dinner they attended without their son. They argued as she drove Cage to a friend's house, where their child was staying, and that the actor was intoxicated.
She said they continued their spat after they retrieved the boy. She then drove to their rented residence and parked. Cage retrieved their child from the vehicle.
"At some point, Mr. Cage fell while holding their son," the report said. "The fall caused the 5-year-old to suffer a minor abrasion to his left knee, and she then recovered the child."
The sergeant said he "observed a stain on Mr. Cage's left pant leg, near the knee."
An identified man who was walking his dog nearby told police he saw Cage "pull the male child to the ground by his hand." Following his statement, a child abuse detective was called, the report said, adding that a detective was told of the incident and determined that "no further investigation was merited but if needed, a representative of the child protective service may be contacted and an investigation launched."
Alice Cage and Kal-El Cage walked to the entrance gate of their residence, while Cage walked to a next-door neighbor's home and demanded to be let inside, after which his wife told him they were at the wrong place and that he should follow her to their residence.
Cage "grabbed her right upper arm and pulled her toward the door that he believed was theirs," the report said, adding that Alice Cage said she did not believe her husband was trying to hurt her but was instead trying to get her to follow him. She declined medical treatment and displayed no signs of injury.
Cage was questioned by police about the incident. He continued to shout that he believed his wife was trying to kill him for half an hour, while officers tried to calm him down. the report said. He was placed under arrest due to his "manic state, level of intoxication, victim and witness statements" and because the sergeant believed that "had Mr. Cage remained on the premises, another incident may have ocurred."
Cage is set to appear in court on May 31. Following the incident, Cage spent a night in jail and immediately returned to work to film his latest movie, "Medallion." Executive producer Avi Lerner said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedRarpet.com last week, when asked about Cage's arrest: "We know he will weather this incident well. He has our total support."
Cage has been married to Kim for almost seven years and Kal-El, who was named after Superman's birth name, is their only child.
Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," and his wife Beth Chapman posted Cage's $11,000 bail after his arrest and she later took to Twitter to drum up business for the couple's Bail Bond company.