July 6, 2011 -- In the case of Nicolas Cage and his son Weston Cage, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The son was arrested on Monday for domestic violence, less than three months after his father faced similar charges.
Now Weston, 20, has dropped two bombshells. Not only is his wife, Nikki Williams, a 22-year-old singer, pregnant, but he's getting a divorce, he announced on his Facebook page Wednesday morning.
His announcement follows a turbulent weekend, in which the newlyweds -- they were married in April during a quickie ceremony in New Orleans -- were both arrested for domestic violence on July 4.
According to TMZ, Williams allegedly cut Cage on the arm with a broken bottle, punched him wildly and threatened to jump off the balcony. The website reported that there were visible injuries on both.
Initially after he was released on $50,000 bail Tuesday, Weston Cage professed his love for his wife on Facebook, chalking up the whole mess to "a huge misunderstanding" that occurred "because of alcohol."
"I WOULD NEVER ATTACK MY WIFE. SHE WAS ABOUT TO HURT HER SELF AND HAD TO RESTRAIN HER HANDS. BROKEN BEER BOTTLES, A GASH ON MY ARM, BITE MARKS, NAIL MARK TRAILS, BRUISES AND A CONTUSION ON THE BACK OF MY HEAD? FINE I STILL LOVE YOU NIKKI GOING TO PAY 50,000 FOR YOU," the black metal rocker declared. "MAKE ME THE BAD GUY IF YOU WANT. THE VIDEO RECORDING I HAVE WITH DISAGREE WITH YOUR ACCUSATIONS."
By Wednesday, it was unclear if Williams had been released from jail. But it seemed Cage had gone through a change of heart.
He posted the aforementioned video of his injuries on Facebook followed by the cryptic message: "have fun killing my child BREYAN PRESCOTT."
He appeared to be weighing life without Williams, whom he reportedly met in rehab.
"MY HEART IS BROKEN. MY SPRINGBOKKIE. WHY CANT WE STOP FIGHTING. U PROMISED ME IT WOULD STOP, I NEVER SHOULD HAVE LET YOU DRINK. WE WERE DOING SO WELL AND HAD SO MUCH ESTABLISHED. NOW WHAT? DON'T LOSE ME. I WILL NEVER COME BACK TO YOU," he wrote.
He asked his Facebook friends to vote on whether or not he should get a divorce before posting, "made my choice/getting divorced."
Weston updated his status from "married" to "it's complicated."
His father has also been dealing with his share of marital troubles.
On April 16, Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness after an allegedly aggressive outburst.
According to police, the actor was heavily intoxicated and violent as he argued with his wife, Alice Kim, in a tattoo parlor and on the street. He pushed her, and later, punched a few cars. According to People Magazine, Cage's son, 5-year-old Kal-El, fell and scraped his knee in the midst of the chaos and a child-abuse detective was called to the scene.
At the time, a longtime friend of Nicolas told the Chicago Sun-Times, "Many of us are worried that his drinking again is a big problem for him and those around him."
The friend said, "Nic has been under so much pressure lately, due to a variety of issues -- including his major financial problems."
His marriage to Kim also appears to be troubled. "Alice is terrific, but I get the sense she's coming to the end of her rope," another friend told the paper, "and if Nic doesn't quickly straighten himself out, she's going to bail."
The local district attorney ultimately declined to press any charges.
"The New Orleans district attorney has confirmed that no charges of any kind will be pursued against him. After their investigation, the DA has refused all charges against Nic, and the matter has been closed," Nicolas Cage's attorney, Harry Rosenberg, told People.
As Nicolas' troubles died down, his son was making headlines.
In June in Los Angeles, Weston got into a fight with trainer Kevin Villegas that spilled out of the Farmer's Kitchen restaurant and onto a Hollywood street.
Villegas had reportedly been hired by Nicolas Cage to track down Weston.
After police were summoned to the scene, TMZ reported that they took Weston to a Beverly Hills hospital, where he underwent a mental evaluation.
Later that month, Nicolas Cage came face-to-face with Weston's mother, ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton. They were in court for a hearing on a $13 million lawsuit she filed in 2009, accusing him of failing to properly transfer the Los Angeles property he gave her, thereby preventing the actress from selling it.
Outside the courthouse, Fulton told reporters she planned to seek a conservatorship for their troubled son after he was hospitalized.
The actor hit back: "I hope Ms. Fulton will come to her senses one day and get some help. ... Weston is a man. I have complete faith he will weather this well."
Nicolas and Fulton reached a settlement on the 2009 lawsuit, but it's too early to tell how Weston will emerge from his latest troubles.