Cuba Gooding Jr. arrested, charged with forcible touching, but denies assault allegation

Juliet Papa
June 13, 2019 - 10:49 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Cuba Gooding Jr. was arrested and charged with forcible touching Thursday, following an allegation that he groped a woman at a Manhattan bar last Sunday.

He denies the allegation.

The actor arrived at the NYPD's Special Victims Unit in East Harlem around 2 p.m. Thursday to turn himself in.

Wearing a suit and tie, he pulled up in an SUV, flanked by members of his team. He walked into the building, offering a few waves to onlookers. 

On Thursday, a second woman came forward claiming that actor Cuba Gooding Jr. had sexually accosted her, The Daily News reported. 

According to the report, the second woman claimed that Gooding grabbed her buttocks when she met the star at Butter Restaurant in midtown Manhattan.

Gooding may not be charged for the attack if it occurred beyond the five-year statute of limitations for this type of sexual assault, according to officials.

The new allegations follow the actor being accused of groping a 29-year-old by grabbing woman’s breasts at the rooftop bar Magic Hour, in Midtown reports say.

Video from Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Manhattan showed no criminality on Gooding's part, lawyer Mark Heller told 1010 WINS.

"He's very troubled when somebody for no reason turns on him and makes a complaint," Heller told 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa.

The 29-year-old woman told police the Oscar-winning "Jerry Maguire" star grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday.

"What is also extremely disturbing is when somebody who comes forward and alleges abuse was mnot abused and seeks to simply get their fifteen minutes of fame or connection to a celebrity."

After reviewing the security video, which Heller said did not show any inappropriate behavior, said he was hesitant to let Gooding surrender but decided to go through with it. He said he was surprised police and prosecutors were moving forward with the case.

The lawyer also disputed allegations in media reports from a second woman said to have come forward in recent days, who told police Gooding grabbed her buttocks at a New York City restaurant in 2008.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office declined comment.

Gooding was involved in another bar-related incident in New Orleans in 2012. In that case, a bartender said the actor was agitated with patrons who wanted photos with him and that he pushed her when she asked him to leave.

An arrest warrant was issued but the bartender declined to press charges.

As for Sunday night, Gooding told TMZ he was at Magic Hour partying with friends but didn't touch anyone. He said there's a video that shows "what really happened."

"I trust the system and will let the process speak for itself," Gooding said.

Videos posted on social media show Gooding at the Manhattan bar singing the Journey hit "Faithfully" and posing for pictures with fans.

The bar, on the roof of the Moxy Hotel near Times Square, features a mini-golf course and sweeping views of the Empire State Building and other Big Apple landmarks.

Gooding, a Bronx native, rose to fame after starring in "Boyz N the Hood" in 1991.

Six years later, he won an Oscar for his role as a professional football player in "Jerry Maguire." His signature line, "Show me the money," became a popular catchphrase.

Gooding was nominated for an Emmy Award last year for playing O.J. Simpson in the FX series "The People v. O.J. Simpson" and recently appeared on Broadway and London's West End as lawyer Billy Flynn in "Chicago."



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