A New Orleans court dismissed a misdemeanor battery charge against Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Aug. 3 after a New Orleans bartender who accused Gooding of shoving her in an early-morning barroom incident July 31 has decided not to press the issue.
The dismissal came after prosecutors decided not to pursue the case due to a lack of a complaining witness, according to the City Attorney’s office.
The prosecutor’s action scrubbed a warrant for municipal battery filed against Gooding after an incident in a Bourbon Street bar, Old Absinthe House. Gooding was part of a group that entered the bar about 3 a.m. July 31.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, Gooding entered the bar with a group of people at around 3 a.m. That’s when a female bartender said that other customers recognized Gooding and started to surround him.
Police said the bartender told police that Gooding became agitated and when she asked him to calm down he pushed her. At that point, police were called and Gooding was informed that they were on their way. The bartender said Gooding proceeded to push her again before leaving the bar.
In a video posted by TMZ, Gooding is seen leaving the bar saying “She’s racist. She doesn’t like me,” as the unidentified woman bartender replies, “Excuse me, no! Cause you’re a star?” She then tells someone to “call the cops right now.”
A warrant was issued later that day for municipal battery, prompting a quick response from Gooding’s attorney, Peter Toumbekis. Gooding was in New Orleans to shoot a film called “The Butler,” about an African-American butler who serves eight presidents in the White House. The cast will also feature Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Liam Neeson, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack according to the Daily Mail.