By DiMarkco Chandler:
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 spared a close call as New Orleans’ police spokeswoman Remi Braden said the arrest warrant was lifted after Gooding met with the police Wednesday morning and received a summons to appear in court.
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.”
“The witness indeed has indicated that she is likely to drop the charges,” said Ryan Berni, a city spokesman. “If she does, and after prosecutors review the evidence, a determination will be made as to whether to dismiss the charges.”
Gooding’s arraignment is set for Friday. It was not immediately known whether he will be required to appear.
Calls to Gooding’s attorney were not immediately returned, but his publicist, Nancy Kane, told the AP that “Mr. Gooding, his representative and the New Orleans authorities … are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding.”
The city’s municipal court had not yet received documents regarding Gooding’s summons, but they were expected to be delivered by the end of the week. Once the summons is processed, the bartender can officially drop the charges, a court employee said.
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.
Though Gooding had waited more than 24 hours before finally going to police, it appears that he has either promised to show the bartender of the club the money or found another way to placate his accusers.