The 54-year-old Oscar-winning actor’s guilty plea arrives nearly three years after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after a woman told police he touched her without her consent.
AceShowbiz –Cuba Gooding Jr. has pleaded guilty to forcibly touching. He is accused of violating three different women at various Manhattan night spots in 2018 and 2019.
According to a report, the 54-year-old star told the judge on Wednesday, April 13 that he “kissed the waitress on her lips” without consent at the Lavo New York nightclub. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said the plea deal does not call for any jail time. Instead, it requires Gooding to have no new arrests and continue “alcohol and behavior modification treatment” for six more months.
If the “Jerry Maguire” star fulfills these terms, he can withdraw his plea. He additionally is allowed to submit a new one for a lesser, second-degree harassment charge. He could face up to a year in jail if he doesn’t.
Gooding previously pleaded not guilty to this charge and several other misdemeanor counts. His attorney Peter Toumbekis said in a statement that Gooding “entered into a re-pleader today whereby in six months his case will be disposed of with a violation, which is not a crime, resulting in no criminal record.”
The judge previously ruled that if the case went to trial, prosecutors could have called two additional women to testify about their allegations that Gooding also violated them. Those women were among 19 other accusers. An assistant district attorney, Coleen Balbert, revealed in court Wednesday that the judge had reversed this ruling.
The Oscar-winning actor’s guilty plea came nearly three years after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after a woman told police he touched her without her consent a few days earlier at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge. A few months later, two more women came forward and accused him of forcibly touching them in 2018 at Tao Downtown and the Lavo New York nightclub, respectively.
The case had faced several delays as his lawyers sought to get charges reduced or dismissed.
Gooding is also slapped with a lawsuit in which he’s accused of raping a woman in New York City in 2013. The actor retained a lawyer and is fighting the allegations after a judge issued a default judgment because Gooding had not responded to the lawsuit.
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