Cuba Gooding Jr. faces court appearance in bar brawl

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood 2011's kick off with Chrysler Celebrating "The Fighter" held Feb. 21, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif. Getty Images

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood 2011's kick off with Chrysler Celebrating "The Fighter" held Feb. 21, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif.
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(CBS/AP) Cuba Gooding Jr. turned himself in to  New Orleans police Wednesday  and  was  issued a  summons to appear in court to answer charges that  he pushed a Bourbon Street bartender.

On Tuesday, police had ssued an arrest warrant for Gooding., wanted on a misdemeanor charge of municipal battery  Police say the unidentified bartender told them that Gooding became upset after patrons started asking him to pose for photos with them at about 3 a.m. that morning.

The bartender told investigators that Gooding pushed her after she asked him to calm down and again after she told him he should leave and that police had been called.

Gooding left the bar before police arrived, officers said.

"Mr. Gooding, his representative and the New Orleans authorities met this morning (Wednesday) and are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding," Nancy Kane, Gooding's publicist, told The Associated Press.

New Orleans police spokeswoman Remi Braden said the arrest warrant was lifted after the summons was issued. The date for Gooding's next court appearance was not immediately available.

The actor is in New Orleans filming "The Butler," a movie about a White House butler who serves eight American presidents. The film has a star-studded cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Alex Pettyfer and Minka Kelly.

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