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Maggie Coughlan
July 31, 2012 03:00 PM

Show me the handcuffs.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is a wanted man: the New Orleans Police Department have issued a misdemeanor battery warrant after receiving a complaint that the 44-year-old actor pushed a female bartender at a Bourbon Street bar early Tuesday morning, TMZ reports.

According to reports, the Oscar-winner got into a heated argument with fellow bar patrons who were trying to take his photograph at The Old Absinthe House.

He was then asked to leave by a female bartender. Things reportedly turned physical and Gooding Jr. allegedly shoved the female staffer who had asked him to vacate the premises.

But the actor’s rep, Nancy Kane, says things may not be what they seem. “There is no warrant. Mr. Gooding, his representative and the New Orleans authorities met this morning and are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding,” she said in a statement released Wednesday.

Gooding Jr. is in New Orleans filming The Butler, the story of a White House butler who served eight presidents over the course of 30 years.

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