Cuba Gooding Jr Accused Of Rape

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020 US actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Courtin New York City.  Johannes EISELE / AFP

 

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr, already charged for groping three women, has also been accused of raping a woman in 2013, according to a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday.

In the complaint, registered with the Manhattan federal court and reported by several US media outlets, an anonymous woman accused the 52-year-old actor of raping her in a Manhattan hotel seven years ago.

After inviting her for a drink, Gooding — who won the 1997 Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in “Jerry Maguire” — took her up to his room.

The woman said the actor prevented her from leaving once he began undressing in front of her, then pushed her onto the bed and raped her twice even though she kept asking him to stop.

“Our client is making very serious allegations against Cuba Gooding, Jr. in her lawsuit which we have filed,” said lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing the plaintiff.

Allred is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for her client.

“She looks forward to obtaining justice in a court of law,” Allred told AFP.

Gooding’s team denied the claims. “The allegations are false and perjurious,” his lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, told AFP.

“We believe the case will be dismissed.”

Since 2019, some 20 women have accused Gooding of inappropriate touching or sexual harassment.

He was charged with sexual aggression towards three of the women behind the accusations.

The actor’s trial in Manhattan was set to begin in April before it was postponed indefinitely due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

It is not known whether the woman who filed the civil suit for rape contacted the police or the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Gooding became known for his role in the movie “Boyz n the Hood” (1991). He recently portrayed OJ Simpson in the mini-series “American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson” (2016).

Gooding’s case is one of several high-profile cases to come out of the #MeToo movement, which won a major victory in February when disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

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Cuba Gooding Jr Denies Groping Two Women

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. departs his court arraignment in New York on October 15, 2019, where new charges are to be unsealed on his sexual assault case. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

 

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr pleaded not guilty Tuesday to groping two women as prosecutors revealed that a dozen others had accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct.

The “Jerry Maguire” star was arraigned before a judge in New York to hear an indictment against him that added new forcible touching and sexual abuse charges to a previous allegation.

Gooding was due to go on trial last week over accusations he grabbed a woman’s breast without her consent in a Manhattan bar on a night out in June.

But it was postponed after prosecutors said they planned to file new charges.

That indictment was unsealed at a state criminal court on Tuesday, showing that Gooding is also accused of pinching a women’s buttocks in a New York nightclub in October 2018.

He has been charged with four counts related to the two allegations.

The indictment also detailed accusations by 12 other women.

Those incidents stretch from 2001 to 2018 and all include allegations that he touched the victims at restaurants, bars and hotels without their consent.

The alleged incidents took place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Dallas.

None of the women has been identified. The judge will decide whether to allow them to testify at the trial.

Gooding was released without bail. No trial date has been set and the next hearing is on December 13.

Gooding won an Academy Award in 1997 for his performance as a football player in “Jerry Maguire.”

He recently played OJ Simpson in “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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Cuba Gooding Jr’s Groping Trial Delayed

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., arrives for his trial on his sexual assault case, on September 3, 2019, in New York.  ANGELA WEISS / AFP

 

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr’s trial over accusations he groped a woman in New York was adjourned Tuesday until next month after prosecutors asked for more time to prepare their case.

The trial of the “Jerry Maguire” star was scheduled to start on Tuesday but a state criminal court judge granted a prosecution request that it be delayed until October 10.

Gooding’s lawyer Mark Heller told reporters after the short hearing that he was extremely confident the case would be dismissed, describing the allegations as “totally unfounded.”

“We are confident this will become a hallmark case for the #NotMe movement,” he said, using a term he coined to refer to celebrities who are falsely accused of sexual offenses.

Gooding, 51, is accused of grabbing the woman’s breast without her consent in a Manhattan bar on a night out in June.

He is charged with forcible touching and could face up to a year in prison if convicted.

Gooding won an Academy Award in 1997 for his performance as a football player in “Jerry Maguire.”

He recently played OJ Simpson in “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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Cuba Gooding Jr Surrenders To Police Over Groping Claim

US actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the US premiere of “Rocketman” at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
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Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr on Thursday turned himself in to New York police to face an expected charge of groping a woman in a Manhattan bar over the weekend — an allegation he denies.

A police spokesman confirmed that the 51-year-old Gooding — who won an Academy Award in 1997 for his performance as a football player in “Jerry Maguire” — had surrendered, but would not comment on the nature of the complaint.

Several US media outlets reported that a woman says that Gooding, a native New Yorker, grabbed her breast during a night out late on Sunday.

When asked about the incident on Tuesday at Los Angeles airport by celebrity news outlet TMZ, Gooding denied the allegations and said “nothing” happened.

“I trust the system. There’s a tape that shows what really happened,” he said.

Other reports indicate a second woman has come forward with claims that the actor groped her buttocks in March 2008, also in a Manhattan club.

Gooding’s first major role came in the groundbreaking 1991 movie about life in the inner city, “Boyz n the Hood.” More recently, he played OJ Simpson in “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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