Second Woman Accuses Cuba Gooding Jr. Of Groping Her – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is being accused of groping two women on two separate occasions in New York. According the New York Daily News the first victim filed a an assault case with police last weekend. The unidentified 29-year old woman claims the star grabbed her breasts. The woman told authorities the actor was "highly intoxicated" while attending an event at the roof top bar and she was trying to give him some water when the alleged sexual assaulted occurred.
The woman filled the police report with the NYPD on June 9, and the incident is currently under investigation. The authorities notified the actor of the charges and arrangement were made for the star to turn himself in. Gooding arrived with his legal team Thursday (June 13, 2019) to met with NYPD Special Victims detectives for questioning and the hear the legal ramifications surrounding the case. The actor is denying the woman's claims, and told reporters soon after arriving to the police station, “I trust the system, and the process speaks for itself.”
Meanwhile a second woman has come forward and claims the movie star groped her as well. NBC reports that Monday (June 10, 2019) a second woman has come forward, problem is her claim is a little late. Police say the alleged victim #2 claimed she met with Gooding at the Butter Restaurant in Midtown, and he supposedly grab her butt during the encounter. Being that the alleged assault occurred back in 2008, the actor may not have to sweat this because these type of sexual assaults have five-year statute of limitations in New York.
Gooding was handcuffed when he appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday. The Boyz In The Hood actor was charged with two counts of forcible touching and sex abuse in the third degree. His attorney, Mark Heller, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Heller told NBCNews they have video surveillance from the night in question and can prove Gooding didn't assault victim #1.
Heller said he watched several hours of video from the Manhattan bar and “no criminality on tape.” As far as the secondary claims he said simply, "We heard that somebody sorta came out of the woodwork and alleged there was a touching of her derriere." The attorney continued, "I have no belief that this will go any further because there's a two year statute of limitation."