Cuba Gooding Jr. has been charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, and sex abuse in the third degree relating to an alleged groping incident of a 29-year old woman at a bar in New York City last weekend.
Gooding voluntarily surrendered to the NYPD for questioning on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Manhattan court.
The actor was released on his own recognizance after the judge set the next court date for June 26.
His attorney Mark Heller, in a press conference said his client has been cooperative with police, adding that he’s analysed more than 2 hours of video from the night and nothing shows Gooding Jr. commit a crime.
Gooding Jr. has also denied the claims, calling on his fans to trust the system to exonerate him.
A law enforcement source told CNN that the victim said she was with friends when she was confronted by a male patron whom she described as Gooding Jr.
“The male allegedly groped her breasts. The victim later told cops she protested at the unwanted touching and they argued about the encounter,” the source added.
The woman called 911 and reported the incident.
In 2012, Gooding faced similar trouble when a New Orleans bartender accused him of pushing her. The unnamed female bartender told police Gooding stopped by the Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter and soon became angry with other patrons who recognized him and wanted to take pictures with him.
The bartender told police she asked Gooding to calm down, at which point he allegedly pushed her away. Another employee called 911 and told Gooding to leave, and as he left, he pushed the bartender again, police said.
The bartender eventually dropped the charges.