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Cuba Gooding Jr turns himself in to police

FILES - Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. walks the red carpet for the showing of "The Five-Year Engagement" which opens the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, in this April 18, 2012 file photo. (AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand)

CHICAGO: Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr turned himself in to police in New Orleans on Wednesday to face battery charges after he allegedly pushed a female bartender during a dispute, police said.

"He met with police officials this morning," police spokeswoman Hillal Williams told AFP. "He was issued a summons for municipal battery. It now goes into the court system."

Gooding's publicist said he is "moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding."

The bartender told police that Gooding arrived at the Bourbon Street bar with a group of people around three in the morning Tuesday.

Customers soon recognized the "Jerry Maguire" star and started asking him to pose for pictures with them.

"The bartender said Gooding soon became very aggravated with them," police said in a statement issued Tuesday.

The bartender said she approached Gooding and asked him to calm down, at which point he "allegedly pushed her away with an open hand."

A co-worker called police and the bartender told Gooding that he needed to leave.

"Gooding then allegedly pushed her again, and left the bar," police said.

Gooding won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as an arrogant football player -- whose line "Show me the money!" became a catchphrase -- in the 1996 hit "Jerry Maguire" which starred Tom Cruise.

He has also played supporting roles in hits like "Pearl Harbor," "A Few Good Men," and "Gladiator" and had a lead role in the Spike Lee film "Boyz n the Hood."

In recent years his films have not had a great deal of commercial success and most have gone straight to DVD without a wide release in theaters.

A court date had not yet been posted on the county's online docket and a court representative did not immediately return a request for comment.

 

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