Ever since Cuba Gooding Jr. was accused in June of allegedly groping a woman at a bar, more women have come forward accusing him of putting his hands and mouth where they don’t belong. This week, the Boyz In The Hood actor was indicted on charges of inappropriately touching another woman, bringing his number of accusers to 15. Gooding is now charged with six misdemeanors, including three counts of third degree sexual abuse and three counts of forcible touching.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Gooding Jr. is accused of touching an unidentified woman at NYC club Lavo in September of 2018. The 51-year-old pleaded not guilty to all charges in court on Thursday (Oct. 31). There are reportedly 12 people who have come forward as witnesses according to his indictment.
Gooding has been accused of kissing, forcibly touching, biting or groping women without their consent at different clubs dating all the way back to 2001. He was slapped with a civil lawsuit last month by Natasha Ashworth, who accused him of pinching her behind in October of 2018 while she was working at New York City’s Tao Nightclub. Women began coming forward after he turned himself into the Manhattan Special Victims Crime Unit in June for sexual misconduct for groping a woman’s breast in a New York City bar.
Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, feels that the prosecutors are “maliciously prosecuting” his client.
“We believe the prosecutor is trying to besmirch the reputation of Cuba, a beloved Bronx native, and trying to establish these charges, which will result in an outrage by the public by wasting time and resources and energy of the court that have no place in the criminal court system,” Heller told Entertainment Tonight last month.
Gooding is due back in court on January 22nd, 2020.