Nic Cage Not a Chihuahua Thief

Turner backs off accusations, loses court case
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 11:24 AM CDT
U.S. actor Nicolas Cage is seen as he promotes the release of his forthcoming film 'National Treasure' in this file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It’s official: Nicolas Cage is not a chihuahua kleptomaniac, former co-star Kathleen Turner admits. Turner settled a libel lawsuit with Cage, confessing that she’d lied when she wrote that Cage had been “arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, for stealing a dog.” Turner and her co-defendants agreed to pay Cage’s legal fees and make a “substantial” donation to charity.

The claims first appeared in Turner’s autobiography Send Yourself Roses and were reprinted in a Daily Mail article entitled “Why I detest Burt Reynolds and Nicolas Cage.” “He’d come across a chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket,” Turner wrote. The two starred together in the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married, the Daily Telegraph notes.