By DiMarkco Chandler:
Sometimes celebrities get bored and have to drum up a little action, just to remind them of who they are. This may or may not have been the case when on Tuesday an arrest warrant was issued by the New Orleans Police Department against the 44-year-old Oscar winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr., for misdemeanor battery. On Wednesday, Gooding was counting his blessings after he made amends with the person that ignited the controversy. It also helped that a New Orleans’ police spokeswoman Remi Braden said the arrest warrant was lifted Wednesday morning.
Gooding was accused of twice shoving a female bartender during a dispute early Tuesday. New Orleans Police were called to the scene, but when they arrived, Gooding had already left. Nevertheless, police officers took the bartender’s complaint, claiming that Cuba got physical at around 2 AM. A witness told TMZ that the Jerry Maguire actor became upset with some bar patrons who recognized him and had been taking pictures. Cuba began cussing at the people, so a female bartender approached the actor and asked him to leave. But the witness says Cuba didn’t go quietly and that he shoved the bartender against a wall.
It’s now being reported that the female bartender who claimed that Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pushed her, doesn’t plan to pursue criminal charges against him, according to “The Old Absinthe House” bar manager.
“It is our understanding the employee involved in the alleged altercation has chosen to drop all charges against Mr. Cuba Gooding Jr.,” said Old Absinthe House spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce. “While we continue to investigate this matter internally, we are hopeful that this will put an end to the matter.”
Well there is no reason to continue investigating the matter because City spokesman Ryan Berni said an arraignment hearing was held on Friday but there was no one to press the complaint. As a result, he said, the city moved to drop the charges. “This ends the case,” Mr. Berni said.
Police say the bartender told them that Gooding became upset after patrons started asking him to pose for photos with them at about 3am.
The bartender told investigators that Gooding pushed her after she asked him to calm down and again after she told him he should leave and that police had been called.
The Times-Picayune newspaper reports that Gooding, 44, did not appear at the brief hearing before Judge Sean Early.
The “Boyz ‘N tha Hood” star is best known for his award-winning performance in the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire.
Cuba is currently in the Big Easy filming “The Butler” with T.V. talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey. The movie — which also stars Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda — is based on the life story of Eugene Allen, who worked as a domestic employee at The White House for over 30 years.
There has been no speculation suggesting that Gooding paid off the bartender to drop the charges but source indicate that nothing like a payoff was ever discussed.