Cuba Gooding Jr. faces new, undisclosed charge in sexual misconduct case

Kimberly Dole
October 10, 2019 - 10:29 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP)-- Cuba Gooding Jr.'s trial on groping charges was set to begin this Thursday and the prosecutor announced in court that the actor was indicted and an additional, undisclosed charge has been lodged against him in connection to another incident.

At a court hearing in Manhattan, Assistant District Attorney Jenna Long revealed the charge is contained in a sealed indictment against the Oscar-winning "Jerry Maguire'' star. She told a judge that the indictment covers previous allegations as well as a "previously uncharged incident.''

Gooding, 51, now must be arraigned on the new indictment next week before a trial can begin. He and his lawyers left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.

The actor is accused of placing his hand on a 29-year-old woman's breast and squeezing it without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square on June 9. The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated.

Gooding was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and was released on his own recognizance.

The defense had filed papers saying the misdemeanor forcible touching case should be dismissed based on accounts of two witnesses who say it never happened, and that video from the bar backs up that claim. The papers argued that since there was clear evidence that no crime was committed, it was necessary to throw out the case to protect the integrity of the criminal justice system.

Gooding later requested to have his case thrown out, but was rejected and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

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