ABOVE PHOTO: Cuba Gooding Jr.
By Kathleen Perricone
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[As of press time, gossip site TMZ reported Cuba Gooding Jr. and his attorney has met with New Orleans Police and the matter has been put to rest with the female bartender in question deciding to drop her battery charges against the actor. ]
Show him the bail money! A warrant is out for the arrest of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. after he reportedly shoved a female bartender around 2 AM this morning in New Orleans when she tried to kick him out of The Old Absinthe House on the famed Bourbon Street. An eyewitness to the alleged assault tells TMZ that the actor, who’s in town to film “The Butler” with Oprah Winfrey, got agitated when fellow bar patrons took his picture and began cursing at them.
When the female bartender approached Gooding Jr. and asked him to leave, he “shoved the bartender against the wall.” At that, a co-worker called 911 and the bartender warned the “Jerry Maguire” star that police were coming – to which he pushed her again. Police in New Orleans are under orders to arrest Gooding Jr. on sight. (As of press time, he’s still a free man.)
Gooding Jr. – who is married with three sons – is no stranger to getting into trouble with women at bars. In March of this year, he was accused by three females in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of sexually harassing them in a local bar.
The alleged victims all spoke to Jezebel.com and provided photographs of the 44-year-old groping the breasts of one woman … and then getting attacked by her, as he is seen smiling. “The sexual harassment occurred when women would be taking pictures with him; he would grab butt cheeks during the picture taking and when women reacted negatively to that, he would proceed to either touch women’s breasts or tell them that he ‘loved them,'” a woman named Sara told the site of the March 1 encounter.
Another woman named Molly said that Gooding Jr. “came up to me, grabbed my face, and kissed my cheek. He asked where I was staying and told me I would be staying with him tonight, making lewd comments about his plans to sleep with me that night. He mentioned that he his happily married with three kids, but ‘not tonight.'” The women also claim that the actor punched a man who took a photo of him getting a lap dance that evening. Despite the incriminating photos, Gooding Jr. called the women’s claims “bulls–t.”