Cuba Gooding Jr: Arrest Warrant Canceled But Still Due In Court On Friday
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. is apparently no longer a wanted man in New Orleans.
A rep for the “Red Tails” and “Jerry McGuire” star said authorities in the Big Easy has canceled the arrest warrant after he met with them this morning.
“There is no warrant. Mr. Gooding, his representative and the New Orleans authorities met this morning and are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding,” the statement from Nancy Kane read.
News broke on Tuesday that Gooding, in New Orleans shooting the movie “The Butler” with Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz, had an arrest warrant out for him after allegedly roughing up a female bartender at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street early that morning after he was asked to leave.
The bartender told police that the 44-year-old actor got angry after some bar patrons started taking photos of him and cussed the customers out.
Gooding’s rep did not comment on the battery accusations made against him, but only addressed the matter pertaining to the arrest warrant.
Frank Robertson of the New Orleans Police Department did confirm that Bronx, New York-bred star did meet with police officials today. He also stated that Gooding must appear in New Orleans Municipal Court at 9 a.m. on Friday to answer questions about the battery charge.
UPDATED: The female bartender at The Old Absinthe in New Orleans that accuded Cuba Gooding Jr of pushing her has decided to drop her battery charges against him.
The managers of The Old Absinthe have released a statement saying the bartender involved in the dispute has decided not to press charges.
“While we continue to investigate this matter internally, we are hopeful that this will put an end to the matter,” the statement read.
Looks as though Gooding will get off without facing any trouble.