Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at Manhattan courthouse for sex abuse case hearing, wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask

The actor is facing six misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching

Cuba Gooding Jr. arrived at a Manhattan courthouse on Thursday to hear lawyers argue over what restrictions to place on testimony at his sexual misconduct trial.

The Oscar winner, 52, donned a mask with “Black Lives Matter” printed on the inside which he showed reporters as he exited the building.

The state court hearing centered on procedural issues over just how far the defense will be allowed to delve into the personal lives of three women who have accused Gooding of groping them at Manhattan bars in 2018 and 2019. Judge Curtis Farber set some limitations at the request of prosecutors but also indicated other disputes would have to be settled as the case unfolds at trial expected later this year.

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Gooding had been scheduled to go on trial in April, but it was put off as infections surged in New York.

The "Jerry Maguire" star has been charged with six misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching by three female accusers. He faces up to a year behind bars if convicted.

One alleged groping incident reportedly took place at a bar in New York City in June 2019.

Cuba Gooding Jr. smiles as he leaves court after a hearing in his sexual misconduct case, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York.

Cuba Gooding Jr. smiles as he leaves court after a hearing in his sexual misconduct case, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A 29-year-old woman says he placed his hand on her breast, squeezing it without her consent, at a hotel near Times Square. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time.

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Then, two additional women came forward with accusations against Gooding.

Cuba Gooding Jr. (L) and his attorney Mark J. Heller (R), right, leave court after a hearing in Gooding's sexual misconduct case. 

Cuba Gooding Jr. (L) and his attorney Mark J. Heller (R), right, leave court after a hearing in Gooding's sexual misconduct case.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Tao Downtown server Natasha Ashworth alleged the actor pinched her butt in October 2018 and another woman alleged she was forced into “sexual contact without consent” at LAVO Nightclub in NYC in September 2018.

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Gooding has denied the charges. His defense attorney, Mark Heller, previously called the allegations “incredulous” and assailed the prosecution as a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.