Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Guilty In Forcible Touching Case

Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Guilty In Forcible Touching Case

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads guilty to one count of forcible touching in a case involving three women in incidents in 2018 and 2019 in New York City.

Cuba Gooding Jr. has pleaded guilty in a forcible touching case involving three separate women. Gooding Jr. is best known for his role in the hit 1996 film Jerry Maguire, starring opposite Tom Cruise, but has appeared in a host of other popular films, including Snow Dogs, Radio, American Gangster, and Selma. In addition to his roles in film, Gooding Jr. has also been featured in hit TV shows, including American Crime Story, in which he played OJ Simpson, and American Horror Story.

The 54-year-old actor was arrested in 2019 on charges of misdemeanor forcible touching and sexual abuse after a woman claimed Gooding Jr. squeezed her breast without consent. Several other women also came forward with accusations against Gooding Jr. in the months following his arrest, with the total number of accusers now above 20 with incidents dating back nearly two decades. Gooding Jr. is also involved in another lawsuit alleging that he raped a woman in 2013, a claim he staunchly denies.


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In a new report from THR, Gooding Jr. is confirmed to have pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching in a case covering three instances of unwanted advances. The incidents are said to have occurred in 2018 and 2019 in nightclubs and restaurants in Manhattan. Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty to only one of the incidents, which involved inappropriate touching at the LAVO nightclub in 2018.

Gooding Jr.’s guilty plea allows the actor to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial, in which it has been confirmed the prosecution would have attempted to call 19 witnesses who have also accused the actor of unwanted touching. Despite the ongoing legal troubles, Gooding Jr. is slated to appear in a new horror film called Skeletons in the Closet opposite Terrence Howard. It’s unclear if the actor’s current legal situation will affect the planned release or distribution of the film, which is said to follow a haunted mother who allows herself to become possessed in order to protect her terminally ill daughter.

It’s unclear what this news means for Gooding Jr.’s career, but it’s likely that audiences won’t be seeing him in any major releases anytime soon. Gooding Jr.’s behavior comes as part of the ongoing #MeToo movement, which has seen a host of actors come forward, including Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lawrence, detailing the instances of sexual abuse they have faced in Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein is the most well-known and highly publicized example of a win for the movement, with the predatory Hollywood producer having been sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.

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Source: THR

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