The Jerry Maguire star's groping trial was stalled last week after he was indicted for an alleged October, 2018 incident, and now more women have offered up misconduct claims to NY police officials, bringing the total number of accusers and alleged victims to five.
The women accuse Gooding of groping and forcibly kissing them at bars and clubs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Albuquerque and Dallas.
Following the reports that Cuba Gooding Jr. had groped a woman's breast at a bar in Manhattan over the weekend, the decorated actor has now been arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
In an unsealed indictment, prosecutors filed additional charges of misdemeanor forcible touching and misdemeanor sexual abuse against the 51-year-old actor.
Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. departs his court arraignment in NY on October 15, 2019, where new charges are to be unsealed on his sexual assault case. She said he then started to pull her shirt up and thrust himself against her leg, and was stopped when a companion pulled him away. Prosecutors said he made a sexually suggestive remark to the woman earlier in the evening.
In seeking to have other accusers testify, prosecutors appear to be echoing the strategy Philadelphia-area prosecutors used a year ago in convicting Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial and that Manhattan prosecutors are preparing to use in their prosecution of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, another three women have spoken to NYPD detectives alleging other incidents of sexual assault.
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Another alleged that Gooding approached her from behind at Chi in Hollywood in 2006, and bit her shoulder. While prosecutors can not file charges against Gooding based on the alleged incidents, they want the "uncharged bad acts" admissible to "show his bad character or criminal propensity".
According to the indictment, the 2018 incident took place at Tao nightclub on October 24, 2018. Twelve other women have come forward claiming the actor committed "similar bad acts", according to the District Attorney's office.
Gooding Jr. has denied all wrongdoing, and his attorney, Mark Heller, said he was "dumbfounded" by the claims.
The three additional incidents occurred in 2008, 2013, and 2015. He also denies that incident.
One accuser confronted Gooding over his alleged behavior, punching him in the neck or chest and yelling at him when she happened to see him months after he allegedly reached under her skirt and touched her genitals through her undergarments without consent at a Malibu, California, bar.
The "Jerry Maguire" star was arraigned before a judge in NY to hear an indictment against him that added new forcible touching and sexual abuse charges to a previous allegation.