Cuba Gooding Jr charged with groping woman at New York club

Bessie Dean
June 14, 2019

The lawyer told TMZ that surveillance footage from the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge, where the alleged incident occurred, showed "absolutely no criminality taking place on the part of my client".

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.

"Cuba is very respectful of the process and we are going to follow the protocol of the process", Gooding's attorney, Peter Toumbekis, told ET.

Cuba Gooding Jr. was arrested Thursday on suspicion of forcible touching, according to the New York Police Department.

"The NYPD takes sexual assault extremely seriously and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors", police said in a statement on Monday (Jun. 10).

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

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Heller said he contacted the Manhattan District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Unit but had not gotten a return phone call.

That same year, he was also accused of pushing a female bartender in New Orleans and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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

Gooding, who broke through with the 1991 film "Boyz N The Hood", won an Oscar in 1997 for his supporting role in "Jerry Maguire". He says there is video evidence to support his claim that nothing happened.

Gooding was nominated for an Emmy Award past 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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