Cuba Gooding Jr. was one of the early targets of the #MeToo movement. After unsuccessfully attempting to sue his accuser, the Academy Award winning Jerry Maguire actor now faces criminal charges.
Judge Curtis Farber has set a February 1 trial date for the case. The charges allege that Gooding groped three different women at three different clubs in Manhattan in 2018 and 2019. The accusers have alleged that Cuba pinched their buttocks and squeezed their breast.
Judge Farber was adamant that the trial must begin soon. Frustrated with several delays in the case already, he left no room for the actor to wiggle into another one. Gooding was sued in civil court by multiple alleged victims as well.
“I want to lock this down for trial. This case has been on my calendar for two years, going on three years. If I give you a firm date, I don’t want to hear that the case in the Bronx didn’t go and the judge adjourned it to February. That’s not going to fly with me.”
Cuba Gooding Jr., age 53, has been charged with six misdemeanor counts and could serve jail time if he is convicted. Gooding has plead not guilty and denies all of the charges.
Attorneys representing Gooding have argued in court that the “commonplace gestures” have been blown out of proportion. They believe security video of the incidents will clear Gooding’s name.
Gooding was also accused of rape in a recent New York City lawsuit. His accuser was granted a default judgment in July. The actor did not respond to the suit. Now a jury will decide his fate. Cuba Gooding Jr. has been absent from his Instagram account since May.
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