Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Bar Battery Warrant Dropped After Meeting With Police

Jerry Maguire star and his reps reach out to New Orleans police in hopes of clearing his name in a battery complaint

By Josh Grossberg Aug 01, 2012 8:12 PMTags
Cuba Gooding Jr.Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Cuba Gooding Jr. is hoping to get on the good foot with the Big Easy's Finest.

A warrant for the Oscar winner's arrest has been dropped after Gooding and his lawyer, Peter Toumbekis, met with New Orleans police Wednesday morning to address the battery allegations lobbed against the actor by a Bourbon Street bartender.

An employee of French Quarter watering hole Old Absinthe House accused Gooding of shoving her twice early Tuesday morning. The 44-year-old thesp apparently became agitated after patrons recognized him and repeatedly asked to take pictures with him. The bartender asked Gooding to cool off and that's when he allegedly pushed her. Staff called 911 on the Pearl Harbor star who hightailed it out of there, though not before pushing the female bartender again, according to the police report.

A warrant was issued later in the day for his arrest, but was short-lived after Gooding's camp got in touch with investigators.

"There is no warrant," Gooding publicist Nancy Kane tells E! News. "Mr. Gooding, his representatives and the New Orleans authorities met this morning and are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding."

A New Orleans Municipal Court clerk confirms to E! News that Gooding does still have a court date set. However, since New Orleans PD served him with a summons (which would have the court date on it) and the Municipal Court has not received said summons yet, the clerk could not tell us yet when the hearing will take place.

Meanwhile, the actor, who has been in the Crescent City filming the movie The Butler, dined last Saturday night with costar Oprah Winfrey at Sandra Bullock's New Orleans home. A source says they feasted on barbecue pulled pork, chicken and ribs courtesy of popular NOLA-based restaurant Hurricane BBQ.

"Cuba was such a nice guy! He was down to earth with a bubbly personality," the source tells E! News. "He was talking to everyone from the cast and crew to the caterers.

Bulluck was not at the event.

—Reporting by Sharareh Drury, Holly Passalaqua and Melanie Bromley