Cuba Gooding Jr. Charged with Misdemeanor Forcible Touching

Thursday - 13/06/2019 15:52
CREDIT: ROB LATOUR/VARIETY/REX SHUTTERSTOCK
CREDIT: ROB LATOUR/VARIETY/REX SHUTTERSTOCK
A woman told New York police that the Oscar-winning actor grabbed her breast at a nightclub on Sunday night.

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., has been charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching following an incident at a nightclub, the New York Police Department said Thursday.

Gooding turned himself in to NYPD detectives on Thursday, surrounded by a throng of media. He is expected to be arraigned later in the day. The “Jerry Maguire” actor is alleged to have touched a woman’s breast on Sunday at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar in Manhattan.

Gooding’s attorney, Mark Heller, denied the allegation, and said that surveillance video of the incident will exonerate his client. Heller told USA Today that he had seen the video and “did not see one scintilla of criminal culpability on the part of Cuba Gooding.”

Gooding also spoke to TMZ on Tuesday at the Los Angeles International Airport. In that interview, Gooding said he was not guilty and that he “trusts the system.”

“There’s a tape that shows what really happened,” Gooding added.

Gooding first rose to fame as the star of “Boyz N the Hood” in 1991, before going on to win an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire.” He also recently scored an Emmy nomination for his performance as O.J. Simpson on FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

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