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Cuba Gooding Jr. in touch with police after bar incident, warrant

August 1, 2012 |  7:25 am

A lawyer for Cuba Gooding Jr. said the Los Angeles-based actor is "taking necessary actions" after the Academy Award winner allegedly shoved a New Orleans bartender twice early Tuesday morning.

Gooding's attorney in New York, Peter Toumbekis, contacted New Orleans police on behalf of his client Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Police issued the battery arrest warrant after a female bartender told officers the actor entered a Bourbon Street bar with a group and became "very aggravated" after other customers recognized him and asked for photos, officials said in a statement.

But when the bartender approached Gooding and asked him to calm down, the actor pushed her away with an open hand, she told police. One of the bartender’s coworkers then called 911 about 3 a.m., police said. 

The bartender allegedly told Gooding the police were on the way and he needed to leave. Police said Gooding then pushed her again and left the bar.


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Photo: Cuba Gooding Jr., center, arrives with his sons for "The Amazing Spider-Man" premiere last month in Westwood. Credit: Michael Nelson / EPA