Gooding denies groping women
NEW YORK (AFP) — Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to groping two women as prosecutors revealed that a dozen others had accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct.
The “Jerry Maguire” star was arraigned before a judge in New York to hear an indictment against him that added new forcible touching and sexual abuse charges to a previous allegation.
Gooding was due to go on trial last week over accusations he grabbed a woman’s breast without her consent in a Manhattan bar on a night out in June.
But it was postponed after prosecutors said they planned to file new charges.
That indictment was unsealed at a state criminal court on Tuesday, showing that Gooding is also accused of pinching a women’s buttocks in a New York nightclub in October 2018.
He has been charged with four counts related to the two allegations.