NEW YORK – Cuba Gooding Jr. was in New York Supreme Court again Thursday and pleaded “not guilty” to additional sexual charges relating to a third accuser.
This was the 51-year-old actor's third arraignment since June. Gooding Jr. faces six misdemeanor counts: three of forcible touching and three of sexual abuse in the third-degree.
The "Jerry Maguire" actor showed up in the courtroom in a navy suit, frowning, and in handcuffs.
This latest incident allegedly took place in September 2018 at a New York City nightclub called LAVO. The superseding indictment alleges that Gooding “intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts.”
The other two accusations stem from October 2018 at TAO Downtown and June 2019 at Magic Hour club. The Manhattan District Attorney says they have now over 12 other women lined up to possibly testify against him and corroborate these charges.
At his arraignment, assistant district attorney Jenna Long complained to the judge that a video from one of the alleged incidents was leaked to the press just 24 hours after it was shared with the defense. Moreover, prosecutors argue that the video “is incomplete” as it shows the interaction, but not moments of the touching.
The video in question was allegedly leaked to TMZ, and, though Gooding’s attorney, Mark Heller, doesn’t deny the leak, Heller assured reporters that the part edited out is “irrelevant.”
In fact, Heller says it only “unequivocally reveals that there was no groping, and that there was no grabbing, and that there was no inappropriate conduct," calling it “malicious prosecution.”
Gooding has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. He is free on his own recognizance and is due back in court on January 22.
The Associated Press contributed to this report