Headlining this week’s celebrity brawls are Nicolas Cage and Vince Neil, who got into it physically in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The two AARP-eligible stars looked like a couple of sloppy Tyrannosaurus rex tangling outside the Aria, where, according to TMZ sources, the Mötley Crüe rocker had gotten behind a woman who asked the actor for an autograph and grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground.
“Stop this ... now,” Cage, 52, shouts in a video shot after he’d taken Neil outside the hotel to calm him down. Rather than beating up the 55-year-old singer, the “Drive Angry” actor was trying to calm him down and get him in a car, the website’s sources said. In the video, Cage winds up holding onto Neil, with one arm around the back of the rocker’s neck and the other pinning Neil’s right arm.
Neil was reportedly cited for battery but wasn’t taken to jail, police told TMZ.
Both men have had brushes with the law in the past, including allegations of violence.
Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in February 2014 in Florida on suspicion of felony burglary and grand theft. The rapper-turned-DIY Network personality, who allegedly took items from an abandoned home near one he was renovating for his TV show, cut a plea deal for community service, restitution and a clean record if he behaves for nine months.(Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office / Associated Press)
Bill Cosby was charged on Dec. 30, 2015, with sexually assaulting a woman who told authorities the actor drugged and abused her at his Pennsylvania home 12 years ago. The comedian and actor was charged in Montgomery County, Pa., with aggravated indecent assault. More than 40 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby, 78, of assaulting them over the last 40 years.(Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office)
Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested and charged with public intoxication after an incident in Austin, Texas. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that LaBeouf was arrested at 7:33 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Jail records show he was booked into the Travis County Jail and released on his own recognizance.(Austin Police Department)
In this mug shot released by the U.S. Marshals Service June 15, 2011, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) is seen. Edwards plead not guilty to charges of using campaign funds to help hide a mistress and the baby he had with her.(U.S. Marshals Service)
Mel Gibson’s booking mug after he was taken into custody in Malibu.(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
Cage was arrested in 2011 in New Orleans after a drunken argument with wife Alice Kim, but three weeks later, charges of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness were dropped. (Fun fact: Duane “Dog” Chapman of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” fame posted Cage’s $11,000 bail.)
Neil was arrested in June 2010 on the Las Vegas Strip and charged with DUI, eventually serving 10 days in jail and 15 days under house arrest, paying a $585 fine and completing counseling.
In November 2011, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and paid a $1,000 fine, and a misdemeanor count of battery constituting domestic violence was dropped.