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Cuba Gooding Jr. Now Has 22 Accusers

Prosecutors reveal 7 new accusers in new court filing
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2019 11:00 AM CST
Cuba Gooding Jr. appears in court with attorney Mark J. Heller, right, in New York on Oct. 31, 2019.   (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – A new court filing reveals seven more allegations against Cuba Gooding Jr., bringing the total number of women accusing the actor of groping to 22. The New York Times got a copy of the new filing and describes some of the alleged encounters, which date back to 2003:

  • A woman says she met Gooding at Utah's Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and he took her to a concert; she says he started to kiss her in a hallway while she tried to leave, then put his hands on her buttocks and, per the New York Post, grabbed her crotch so forcefully he ripped her tights. She says she had to bite his cheek to get away.
  • Another woman says Gooding put his hands down her pants and groped her butt at an Atlanta restaurant in 2011. Per TMZ, that woman says when she confronted him, he told her, "I know you want to be an actress; I can ruin you."
  • A third woman says the actor twice grabbed her vagina at a Malibu restaurant in 2016.
  • The other four accusers say instances of unwanted touching or kissing took place in Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a nightclub near 2003's Sundance in Park City.

Gooding has been charged with groping three of the 22 women at Manhattan nightclubs and restaurants last year and this year. Prosecutors later revealed a dozen additional accusers, and are now revealing the latest set, but none of those 19 additional accusations have resulted in charges because most of them allegedly happened too long ago. Still, prosecutors are asking the judge to allow those women to testify at the 51-year-old Gooding's trial; a decision is expected Jan. 22. The actor has previously denied all allegations and pleaded not guilty, and after the first set of additional accusers was revealed, his attorney noted that after a celebrity is charged in a case like this, others "come out of the woodwork with allegations that are all over the place and, for the most part, aren't provable." On Monday, Gooding's lawyer again said the actor denies the charges. (Read more Cuba Gooding Jr. stories.)

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