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Cuba Gooding Jr. charged with forcible touching in New York groping case

The actor has denied all accusations

by Maham Awais

Cuba Gooding Jr. charged with forcible touching in New York groping case. The actor has denied all accusations. 

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Cuba Gooding Jr faces charges

(Image Source: Instagram/ Cuba Gooding Jr.)

Gooding is charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, and sex abuse in the third degree. All this is related to an alleged groping incident in New York City last weekend.

Gooding voluntarily surrendered to the NYPD for questioning on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Manhattan court.
The 51-year-old actor smiled and waved when he turned himself to investigators in the New York Police Department’s special victim’s division.

WESTWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Actors David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. attend the premiere of “FX’s “American Crime Story – The People V. O.J. Simpson” at Westwood Village Theatre on January 27, 2016, in Westwood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

 

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His lawyer, Heller, spoke to the reporters, “In my 50 years, almost, of practicing law, I have never seen a case like this one. There is not a scintilla of criminal culpability that can be attributed to Mr. Cuba Gooding Jr. I have extensively, with my staff, reviewed the video of almost two hours which reflects the entire event for which we are here today. Mr. Gooding has not acted inappropriately in any shape or form. Nothing in the video could even be considered ambiguous. Frankly, I am shocked and horrified that this case is being prosecuted.”

The allegations

A 29-year-old woman filed a police report claiming that Gooding grabbed her breast at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Manhattan on Sunday around 11:15 p.m.  The source said, “The male allegedly groped her breasts. The victim later told cops she protested at the unwanted touching and they argued about the encounter.”
The female left the bar and called 911 to report the alleged incident. NYPD Manhattan Special Victims Squad is investigating.
Heller called the charges, “overzealous prosecution.”

(Image Source: Instagram/ Cuba Gooding Jr.)

Previous allegations

In 2012, Gooding faced similar trouble. A New Orleans bartender accused him of pushing her. The female bartender told police Gooding stopped by the Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter and soon became angry with other patrons who recognized him and wanted to take pictures with him. The bartender asked Gooding to calm down but he pushed her away. Another employee called 911 and told Gooding to leave. He pushed the bartender again as he left. Later the bartender declined to press charges.
Cuba Gooding Jr faces charges

(Image Source: Instagram/ Cuba Gooding Jr.)

Gooding told TMZ he was at Magic Hour partying with friends and didn’t touch anyone.  He said, “I trust the system and will let the process speak for itself. There’s a tape that shows what really happened and that’s the most important thing – let’s not take away from that.”

The judge set June 26 as the next court date and released the actor without bail.

 



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