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The misdemeanor battery charges against actor Cuba Gooding Jr. have been dropped.
The actor, 44, reportedly pushed a bartender at the Old Absinthe House bar in New Orleans Tuesday around 3 a.m. after patrons began asking him to pose for photographs.
A warrant was issued for Gooding’s arrest but was later dropped when he agreed to meet with police. He was subsequently issued a court summons.
An arraignment hearing was held Friday with nobody to press the complaint.
"This ends the case," City spokesman Ryan Berni said when no one was present at the hearing to press the complaint. The bartender also announced that she was dropping the charges against the actor.
Gooding was not present at the hearing.
His movies include Boyz N the Hood (1991) and Pearl Harbor (2001). He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire (1996).
Gooding’s next film is The Butler, which focuses on a butler in the White House who served eight U.S. presidents. It co-stars Nicole Kidman, Liam Nesson, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda and John Cusack.