Bar Employee Won’t Pursue Charges Against Cuba Gooding Jr. | Roland Martin Reports

Bar Employee Won’t Pursue Charges Against Cuba Gooding Jr.

Source: AP / theGrio

NEW ORLEANS  — A bartender who claimed that Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pushed her doesn’t plan to pursue criminal charges against him, managers at a New Orleans restaurant said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant on a misdemeanor charge of municipal battery for the 44-year-old Gooding. Police say the bartender at the century-old Old Absinthe House told them that Gooding became upset after patrons started asking him to pose for photos with them at about 3 a.m. that morning. 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.

Gooding left the bar before police arrived and he met Wednesday morning with New Orleans police and was issued a court summons.

However, in a statement to The Associated Press, the French Quarter restaurant said its employee wouldn’t press the case.

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