NEW ORLEANS –The NOPD has issued an arrest warrant for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. after he allegedly pushed a bartender twice in a French Quarter business early Tuesday.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.
Gooding, who won an Oscar playing Rod Tidwell, the “Show me the money” football player in “Jerry Maguire,” was with his posse at The Olde Absinthe House when he flipped out on some tourists trying to take his picture, police said. “Gooding soon became very aggravated with them,” the New Orleans police said in a statement.
The bartender came over and asked Gooding to “calm down,” but the actor “pushed her away with an open hand.” At that point, one of the bartender’s co-workers called 911. When the unidentified bartender told Gooding the cops were coming, he “allegedly pushed her again, and left the bar,” the release states.
The arrest warrant for the 44-year-old Bronx native is for municipal battery.
Gooding is in New Orleans to film “The Butler” with Oprah Winfrey, according to TMZ.com, which first broke the story.