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Cuba Gooding Jr.

Female Bartender

DROPS Battery Charges

8/2/2012 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cuba Gooding Jr.
just caught a huge break after allegedly pushing a female bartender in New Orleans this week -- the bartender has decided to drop her battery charges against the actor.

TMZ broke the story ... an arrest warrant was issued for Cuba for allegedly roughing up the bartender at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street early Tuesday morning when she asked him to leave.

The bartender told police Cuba had grown irate at several bar patrons for taking his photo ... and that's when she told him to take a hike.

Cuba met with police officials yesterday and the arrest warrant was revoked -- but he was issued a summons to appear in court to answer to the allegations.

Lucky for Cuba, it now looks like he'll get off scot-free -- because bar managers at The Old Absinthe have released a statement, saying the bartender involved in the dispute has decided not to press charges.

They added, "While we continue to investigate this matter internally, we are hopeful that this will put an end to the matter.”

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31.

billybob    

Don Gooding Jr. made an offer she couldn't refuse...finally.

813 days ago
32.

Big D    

Cuba Gooding Jr is a one small step from being cast on World's Dumbest for has been and wanna bee celebrities.

813 days ago
33.

big'un    

Why is he always trying to eat his lower lip? Is that suppose to be cool?

813 days ago
34.

Jodi    

"the bartender involved in the dispute has decided not to press charges." =SHE GOT PAID.

813 days ago
35.

thomas    

Almost certain money was involved to make the charges disappear.

813 days ago
36.

sidithers    

This chump is an assclown

813 days ago
37.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Can TMZ tell us Americans perusing this website why every story up there right now on August 2nd 2 pm central has nothing but black 'affletes' and 'rappaz' run afoul of the law? Every freakin story from top to bottom black guys.. exception Katherine Jackson who's own family's ready to push her wheelchair over the San Fernando bluffs or somewhere out there... Lord Almighty... the US African American celebrities since 1970 have blown through more money than all blacks in the history of mankind have ever amassed altogether, what the hell? WHY AREN"T THEY rebuilding the South Side of Chicago or Harlem or South Central or Atlanta or what not? Blowing it all on crack, ho's and lawyers. Sad. : (

813 days ago
38.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

I'm sure a belated huge tip from Havana was involved.....no doubt

813 days ago
39.

kellkatt    

That's interesting....where I'm from, if you assault someone and the police are involved you aren't able to decide not to press charges after the fact. Surprised it's not like that in Louisiana. And to assault a New Orleans bartender????? My favorite city on the planet with the greatest bartenders anywhere. Very disappointed in Cuba, putting his hands on a woman. Shame, shame, shame.

813 days ago
40.

GGG    

Wow that's just ****ed up. Too bad, I used to be a fan. Not anymore no way.

813 days ago
41.

Justin    

Yea I bet you want to put it behind you. Good luck getting another celebrity to darken your doorway. Fire that bartender.

813 days ago
42.

Lulubelle    

The bar tender is a very rich woman right now.

813 days ago
43.

enrique    

they just gave her hush hush money

813 days ago
44.

Gary    

Surprise ! Someone is driving a brand new Mercedes .Or (in Gooding's) case a 73' Ford Pinto.

813 days ago
45.

enrique    

they just sent a lil hush hush money

813 days ago
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