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Cuba Gooding Jr.

Allegedly SHOVES Female

Bartender ... Warrant Issued

7/31/2012 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Cuba Gooding Jr. is a wanted man ... cops in New Orleans have issued an arrest warrant for the actor after he was accused of shoving a female bartender early this morning ... TMZ has learned.

The New Orleans Police Department tells TMZ ... a misdemeanor battery warrant was issued after cops received a complaint that Cuba got physical at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street around 2:00 AM.

A witness at the bar tells us ... the "Jerry Maguire" actor became upset with some bar patrons who recognized him and had been taking pictures.

We're told Cuba began cussing at the people ... so a female bartender approached the actor and asked him to leave.

But the witness says Cuba didn't go quietly ... and shoved the bartender against a wall.

One of the bartender's co-workers called 911 ... but no arrests were made at the scene.

According to police, the bartender claims she informed Cuba that the cops were on the way ... and that he needed to leave. The bartender claims Gooding pushed her again, and left the bar.

Now, cops are under orders to arrest Cuba on sight.

Cuba is currently in New Orleans to film "The Butler" with Oprah Winfrey.

A rep for CGJ had no comment.


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tootheache    

no big thing

625 days ago
2.

Militarysis    

WHAT A JACKASS!!!! Nice to know where he stands on violence towards women.

625 days ago
3.

tootheache    

TMZ and gossip news and jerks with cameras have turned poor behaviour into a currency for themselves. IT IS NOT "NEWS"

625 days ago
4.

Different Rules Apply    

Cuba, you can't pick and choose when to be famous! You were recognized and should have graciously allowed your fans to snap some photos, unless of course you were hammered and it would have made the rags in a bad light for you, new movie and all. It's a shame, these celebs disrespect their fans when they are who made them rich and famous. Time for rehab Cuba.

625 days ago
5.

tootheache    

people have allot of nerve to start snapping pictures of other people without their permission. I find this activity grotesque and outrageous and would never participate in it .

625 days ago
6.

ShrinkWrap    

He should be grateful that people still recognize him. What a dick.

625 days ago
7.

BlindFury    

Can a guy get loaded in peace at 2am? I bet he really didn't tip the bartender for that b/s.

625 days ago
8.

@ashleyalmon    

He was probably just a little drunk and stepped on a walnut

625 days ago
9.

Lmao    

He doesn't seem like he'd have that type of personality... Wth?

625 days ago
10.

Stella    

What an ignorant jerk you are. It's one thing to put your hands on a man---but a woman? This is what you signed up for...remember? Get a hold on your alcohol if that's the problem. Somehow I think it's more organic than an alcohol excess excuse.

625 days ago
11.

Jay W.     

What do you tell a woman with two black eyes ?

Nothing... you already told her twice !

625 days ago
12.

DaveT    

Doesn't matter if it was a "female" bartender, her gender is irrelevant.
If you want to work as a bartender in a bar, where mostly men gather, and get drunk, then you're going to have to accept that same realities a male bartender does....things will likely get physical sometimes.
Don't like it, don't work there ;)
But I doubt all the details are here, Cuba isn't the type of personality to go around picking fights and shoving people unprovoked.
Did she put her hands on him when she "asked" him to leave?
Or did any of it even really happen?
Do people think Cuba walked into a place and told people to shut up, then started shoving people around?

625 days ago
13.

LDB    

When push comes to shove somebody will sue

625 days ago
14.

Truth    

WHAT A HAS BEEN... HE'S LUCKY FANS STILL RECOGNIZE THIS DOUCHE. NOT THE FIRST TIME HE'S ACTED LIKE AN ASS ****. #TRUTH!!

625 days ago
15.

Bridget    

He must have been having a bad day. But that is no excuse to shove anyone(if it is true). As for the pictures...he should probibly be happy anyone wants to take his picture. Most of the stuff he has made since his oscar win has been crap. Obviously he has a right to say he doesn't want his picture taken. But he is no where near a big enough actor anymore to be able to get away with treating his fans badly. He's got to hold on to as many as possible at this point.

625 days ago
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