Gooding de­nies grop­ing women

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

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.

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