Ac­tor Cuba Good­ing Jr. faces new charges in grop­ing case

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

NEW YORK (AFP) — Os­car-winning ac­tor Cuba Good­ing Jr. — fac­ing trial over ac­cu­sa­tions he groped a woman in New York — is to be slapped with a new, un­spec­i­fied charge, pros­e­cu­tors said Thurs­day.

The “Jerry Maguire” star will be ar­raigned in a state crim­i­nal court next week to hear the in­dict­ment against him, a judge ruled.

Good­ing’s trial over al­le­ga­tions he grabbed the woman’s breast with­out her con­sent in a Man­hat­tan bar on a night out in June was due to start on Thurs­day.

But the case was ad­journed to Oct. 15 af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said they had filed new charges against the 51-year-old.

As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jenna Long told a court in New York that the in­dict­ment cov­ered the orig­i­nal ac­cu­sa­tion as well as a “pre­vi­ously un­charged in­ci­dent.” It is not clear if the al­leged vic­tim is the same woman who made the orig­i­nal com­plaint.

The na­ture of the new charge will not be re­vealed un­til the ar­raign­ment.

Good­ing, 51, was orig­i­nally charged with forcible touch­ing, a crime that can come with a sen­tence of up to a year in prison if con­victed. He de­nied the al­le­ga­tion. Good­ing won an Academy Award in 1997 for his per­for­mance as a foot­ball player in “Jerry Maguire.”

He re­cently played OJ Simp­son in “The Peo­ple vs OJ Simp­son: Amer­i­can Crime Story.”

Cuba Good­ing Jr.

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