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Cuba Gooding Jr. wanted by New Orleans police

New Orleans police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Gooding Jr.: attracting unwanted attention in New Orleans. (Joel Ryan/AP)

As first reported by TMZ and confirmed by the New Orleans police department, Gooding is wanted on a municipal battery charge stemming from an incident that occurred early Tuesday at a Bourbon Street bar.

According to police, the “Jerry Maguire” star went out for drinks with friends but became “very aggravated” when fans attempted to take photos of him. A female bartender asked Gooding to calm down, at which point the actor allegedly shoved her.

“One of the bartender’s co-workers then called 911,” the news release issued by New Orleans Police states. “At that point, the bartender says she informed Gooding that the police were on the way, and that he needed to leave. Gooding then allegedly pushed her again, and left the bar.”

Gooding — who delivered a legendarily enthusiastic acceptance speech after winning his Oscar in 1997 — is in New Orleans filming “The Butler,” the Lee Daniels film based on a series of Washington Post stories by Wil Haygood.

Gooding’s publicist has not yet issued a statement.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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