Update: Gooding is off the hook, for now, for his alleged pushee, according to the Old Absinthe House. The bartender won't "press charges," but Gooding is due for an arraignment Friday, Aug. 3 when it'll be decided whether to dismiss any charges.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has issued an arrest warrant for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (Boyz N The Hood, Jerry Maguire... Boat Trip, Snow Dogs... Radio). According to a release from NOPD spokesperson Remi Braden, Gooding allegedly pushed a bartender, twice, at the French Quarter bar The Old Absinthe House earlier this morning (aka "late last night"). Here's the report:
The incident happened in the 200-block of Bourbon Street at about 3 a.m. A female bartender told officers that Gooding entered the bar with a group of people, and after a few minutes, other customers recognized him and started asking him to take photos with them. The bartender said Gooding soon became very aggravated with them. That’s when she says she approached him and asked him to calm down. Gooding then allegedly pushed her away with an open hand. One of the bartender’s co-workers then called 9-1-1. At that point, the bartender says she informed Gooding that the police were on the way, and that he needed to leave. Gooding then allegedly pushed her again, and left the bar.
Gooding is in town shooting The Butler.