Nic Cage Pays IRS $6 Million

05 Apr 2012

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Actor, Nicholas Cage has paid off $6 million of his massive tax bill.

TMZ obtained a copy of the document showing the federal government released a lien against Cage after he paid the IRS $6,257,005 on February 15. That was the balance of what he owed for the 2007 tax year. In late 2008, the federal government placed a tax lien on Cage's real-estate holdings, reports ABC News.

"Everybody makes mistakes. It's part of being human," Cage said on "Good Morning America" last year. "Some people say you have to be a sinner before you can be a saint."

Cage is only half way to solvency. The "Ghost Rider" actor has admitted to owing the IRS a total of $14 million and has said that he is taking steps to repay it, starting with switching business managers.

Despite being one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Cage has had an avalanche of financial problems in the last few years.

After reportedly purchasing castles, islands, homes, a dinosaur skull, cars and boats, the actor hit the skids.

His finances aren't his only troubles, however. More about Cage's wild world:

1. Wild Weekend In New Orleans

In April 2011 Nicolas Cage reportedly went right back to work on his latest film "Medallion" after a weekend bender that could have been plucked out of Cage's Academy Award winning role in "Leaving Las Vegas." The actor was arrested in New Orleans for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness, but the charges were eventually dropped.

According to police, Cage was heavily intoxicated and violent, arguing with his wife, Alice Kim, in a tattoo parlour and on the street. Later, he punched a few cars. "He was running around and screaming in the street," a bartender at Harry's Corner in New Orleans told People magazine.

Longtime Hollywood publicist, Howard Bragman, who does not represent Cage, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that Cage taunted police, saying "Go ahead, arrest me."

"They tried to send him home," Bragman said. "Then, finally, they did arrest him."

Kim has denied that Cage abused her and has declined to press charges.

In what sounds like one of Cage's post-Oscar flops, reality star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman came to the financially strapped star's rescue, posting the $11,000 bond.

2. Off-Screen/On-Screen Rage

In December 2010, Cage, who flew off the handle in such films as "Moonstruck" and "Adaptation," made news for an off-screen meltdown.

While leaving a night club in Romania where he was promoting "Ghost Rider," the actor exploded into a rage during an altercation with a companion.

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