Just days before Artie Lange was arrested and sent to rehab for his long battle with drug addiction, the comedian got into a full-out brawl with a friend in the lobby of a seedy New York hotel — and it was all caught on camera!
In RadarOnline.com's exclusive video, an agitated Lange, 50, paces the room before grabbing a large brown bag from a friend's arms in the week hours of December 6.
"This is my bag for the room," Lange attempts to explain to the receptionist. "He's hitting me! He's assaulting me!"
A hotel employee eventually breaks up the fight.
Later in the clip, Lange is seen talking to cops outside.
"He stole stuff from my room!" he told responding officers. "I went to high school with him, but I haven't seen him for ten years!"
However, a source involved in the scuffle told Radar that the other party is a close friend of Lange, who had been ignoring the comic's calls earlier that night. The insider insisted the bag contained drugs.
Cops exclusively confirmed to Radar that officers were called to the Best Western in Manhattan that morning.
"Police were dispatched to that location following a reported dispute," an NYPD spokesperson told Radar. "It was for an assault taken place between two males who were physically fighting."
"There were no injuries, and neither wanted to file a report."
Days later, Lange was arrested for failing to appear in court for a heroin and cocaine arrest earlier this year.
After seeking medical attention for his addiction and diabetes in jail, Lange was released and immediately checked into a Florida rehab.
On Friday, his lawyer told Radar that his inner circle was doing everything they could to "save Artie's life."
"Sentencing will be held in abeyance while Artie gets the inpatient treatment he so desperately needs," Attorny Frank Arleo said. "Please keep Artie in your prayers.”
Lange is due back in court on February 23.
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