Sunday 18 August 2019

Gooding Jr charged with groping woman in club

Confident: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr is escorted handcuffed by officers as he exits the NYPD Special Victims Unit in Harlem. Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Confident: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr is escorted handcuffed by officers as he exits the NYPD Special Victims Unit in Harlem. Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Michael Sisak

Cuba Gooding Jr turned himself in to police last night and was charged with forcible touching after a woman accused the actor of groping her at a New York City night spot.

The 51-year-old Oscar-winning star of 'Jerry Maguire' denies the allegations.

Mr Gooding smiled and waved as he walked into the police station, where he was fingerprinted and a mug shot was taken. He was expected to be arraigned later last night.

A conviction could put him behind bars for up to a year.

Mr Gooding's lawyer, Mark Heller, said security video from Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge showed "not the slightest scintilla of inappropriate conduct" on his part and will exonerate him.

"Mr Gooding has not acted inappropriately in any shape or form," Mr Heller said.

"Nothing in the video could even be considered ambiguous, and I frankly am shocked and horrified that this case is being prosecuted," he added.

A 29-year-old woman told police that Mr Gooding grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated.

Mr Heller said he doubted the accuser would show up at court hearings and suggested prosecutors should charge her with perjury if she testified in court and her allegations were contradicted by video.

The NYPD has not identified the accuser.

Mr Heller said that after he and his staff reviewed the two-hour security video, he was hesitant to let Mr Gooding surrender and thought police and prosecutors would drop the case.

The Manhattan district attorney's office did not comment.

Mr Heller also disputed allegations in media reports from a second woman said to have come forward in recent days and told police that Mr Gooding grabbed her buttocks at a New York City restaurant in 2008.

Mr Gooding was not charged on that allegation.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News