Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Charges dropped against Gooding Jr

Cuba Gooding Jr is in New Orleans filming The Butler (AP)

Battery charges related to a bar dust-up have been dropped against Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

New Orleans City spokesman Ryan Berni says an arraignment hearing was held Friday but there was no one to press the complaint.

As a result, he says, the city dropped the charges.

The Times-Picayune reports the 44-year-old Gooding Jr did not appear at the brief hearing before Judge Sean Early.

The hearing came two days after an Old Absinthe House employee said she was dropping charges against him. The bartender had claimed Gooding Jr shoved her.

The accusation was made after Gooding Jr allegedly became upset when customers asked him to pose for photos about 3am on Tuesday at the French Quarter bar.

The bartender told investigators that Gooding Jr pushed her after she asked him to calm down.

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