WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing a new allegation in addition to earlier accusations he groped a woman’s breast in June inside a New York City bar.
- Prosecutors announce new charges were filed against the actor following his indictment by a New York grand jury.
- The second groping allegation came from a woman who said the incident happened in 2008, however, New York has a 5-year statute of limitations for such assaults.
Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing new allegations as he awaits trial for allegedly groping a woman’s breast in June at a New York City bar.
Gooding Jr has been indicted by a New York grand jury, according to Yahoo Entertainment, as prosecutors reveal new charges have been filed. Assistant D.A. Jenna Long “stated in substance that the charges in the indictment cover the existing incident, as well as a new, previously uncharged incident.”
Justin Henry, a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, refused to comment further or describe the nature of the second allegation. Because of the new case, Gooding’s Thursday trial has been postponed to Oct. 15. The indictment and the charges will not be unsealed until the actor’s Supreme Court arraignment.
Gooding was already charged with third-degree misdemeanor sexual abuse and forcible touching stemming from the June incident. The forcible touching charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail. The actore has pleaded not guilty.
The 51-year-old actor appeared in court Thursday where he remained quiet, according to The Daily Beast. The revelation he was being hit with new charges reportedly “garnered murmurs throughout the courtroom.” Prosecutors asked Judge Marisol Martinez Alonso to delay the jury selection because of the new allegations.
A 29-year-old woman, who has not been identified, claimed she was sexually assaulted at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Times Square on June 9. The accuser told authorities the actor was “heavily intoxicated,” so she offered him a cup of water.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman said the actor then placed his hand on her breast without her consent and squeezed. They reportedly got into an “argument” and she left the bar and immediately called 911. Although Gooding was not at the bar when police arrived, The People v. O.J. Simpson star voluntarily turned himself in to authorities. The actor has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
After Gooding’s arrest, police were reportedly investigating a second groping allegation from a woman who claimed the incident happened in 2008. An attorney for the actor told the New York Daily News his client had no recollection of the alleged incident. New York has a 5-year statute of limitations for such assaults, so it’s unclear if this has anything to do with the new charges brought against Gooding.