Cuba Gooding Jr, 54, attends the Filming Italy 2022 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula – two months after pleading guilty to forcible touching
The 54-year-old actor’s outing comes after he pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching in April, following an incident that took place at a nightclub in 2018.
Cuba wore a pair of white linen trousers and a matching shirt as he arrived for the event.
Arrival: Cuba Gooding Jr, 54, stepped out for the Filming Italy 2022 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy on Thursday
He had on a navy blue waistcoat and wore an olive green linen scarf draped over his shoulders.
The star opted for a pair of brown shoes and accessorised with some necklaces, a black leather band around his wrist and a watch.
He was seen smiling as he posed at the event alongside film producer Tiziana Rocca.
Looking back: The actor’s outing comes after he pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching in April, following an incident that took place at a nightclub in 2018
Cuba pleaded guilty to forcibly touching a woman in April.
He was previously accused of groping a women at a New York City rooftop bar in 2018, and during a court appearance in Manhattan on 13 April, the actor admitted to kissing a waitress ‘on her lips’ without her consent.
He told the courtroom: ‘I apologise for ever making anybody feel inappropriately touched.’
Fashion focus: He wore a pair of white linen trousers and a matching shirt
Keeping it casual: He had on a navy blue waistcoat and wore an olive green linen scarf draped over his shoulders
The incident took place inside the LAVO New York restaurant and nightclub.
Gooding Jr has been accused of violating three different women in New York in 2018 and 2019 – but having previously denied all of the allegations, he now pleaded guilty to one count of forcibly touching a woman in April.
The Hollywood star’s plea deal called for no jail time, the New York Times newspaper reported.
Completing the look: The star opted for a pair of brown shoes and accessorised with some necklaces, a black leather band around his wrist and a watch
But provided he continues counselling for six months, Gooding Jr will be able to withdraw the misdemeanour plea and he will instead be able to plead guilty to harassment, which is a lesser violation.
While his criminal case may be over, an attorney representing an alleged sexual assault victim of the actor said she will proceed with an ongoing $6 million civil lawsuit because ‘justice was not achieved’ when Gooding Jr. got a no-jail plea deal in a separate criminal case.
Famed women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, 80, issued a statement decrying a New York State Supreme Court judge’s decision not to allow 19 alleged victims, two of whom she represented, to testify against Gooding Jr. during pre-trial hearings for admissibility of evidence.
Friends: He was seen smiling as he posed at the event with film producer Tiziana Rocca
Troubles: It comes after Cuba pleaded guilty to forcibly touching a woman in April this year, with the case playing out in court in the US
‘Unfortunately, however, the judge refused to allow the testimony of any of the Molineux witnesses, which the prosecutor wanted to be able to call as witnesses if this case went to trial. That was a significant setback for the prosecution,’ Allred said, according to Deadline.
The actor, whose net worth is approximately $12 million, pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching of a 29-year-old victim, and entered a no-jail plea deal.
He also admitted to subjecting two other women to non-consensual physical contact in October 2018 and June 2019.
Incident: He was accused of groping a women at a rooftop bar in 2018, and the actor admitted to kissing a waitress ‘on her lips’ without her consent in court in April
The self-proclaimed feminist lawyer said that her client, a Jane Doe who accused Gooding Jr. of raping her at a hotel room in SoHo in 2013, will proceed with a pending $6 million civil lawsuit filed in 2020.
‘Justice was significantly delayed in this case for many reasons, and I do not feel that justice was achieved today with the entry of this plea, although I do understand why under the circumstances that the prosecution offered a plea,’ the statement added.
‘My law firm … will continue to litigate our civil case against Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Federal court in New York on behalf of our brave client.’
Apology: He told the courtroom: ‘I apologise for ever making anybody feel inappropriately touched’
Allred, who has handled numerous high-profile cases and represented Jeffrey Epstein’s and Bill Cosby’s victims, said she hopes the civil case yields a just result after criminal proceedings against the Hollywood star proved to be unsatisfactory.
Allred has represented at least three of the 19 women who were willing to testify against Gooding Jr. during pre-trial hearings for the criminal case.
One of her clients, known in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, filed the $6million civil lawsuit against Gooding Jr. in August 2020, Reuters reported. Doe said she was raped twice in August 2013 at a hotel room in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood, soon after she met the actor in a Greenwich Village restaurant and lounge.
No prison: The actor, whose net worth is approximately $12 million, pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching of a 29-year-old victim, and entered a no-jail plea deal
In January, Gooding Jr. asked a Manhattan judge to dismiss the civil lawsuit, saying she took too long to sue by waiting nearly seven years.
Gooding’s lawyers said laws allowing rape accusers to sue their alleged perpetrators after many years applied to victims who had suppressed traumatic rapes or did not initially realise they had been raped, and did not apply to Doe.
They said letting Doe invoke the seven-year statute of limitations under a New York City law protecting victims of gender-motivated violence violated Gooding’s due process rights under the U.S. and New York state constitutions.
Many allegations: While his criminal case may be over, an attorney representing an alleged sexual assault victim of the actor said she will proceed with an ongoing $6 million civil lawsuit
‘No exceptional circumstances forced her to wait,’ Gooding’s lawyers said in January. ‘Plaintiff choosing to sue Mr. Gooding, Jr almost seven years later will not rectify any serious injustice; the opposite is true.’
Doe’s lawyers argued the seven-year statute of limitations applies in this case, and have also rejected a defense request that their client reveal her name, saying the case involved ‘matters of a highly sensitive and personal nature.’
The criminal case has been scheduled to go to trial at least twice, with an April 2020 trial date scuttled as coronavirus cases surged in New York and the state shut down most court matters due to the pandemic.
Gooding was arrested in June 2019 after a 29-year-old woman told police he squeezed her breast without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square.
A few months later, he was charged in two additional cases as more women came forward to accuse him of abuse.
The charges alleged he pinched a server’s buttocks after making a sexually suggestive remark to her at TAO Downtown and forcibly touched a woman inappropriately at the LAVO New York nightclub, both in 2018.
Argument: Women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, 80, issued a statement decrying a New York State Supreme Court judge’s decision not to allow 19 alleged victims to testify against him
Surveillance footage emerged in 2019 of one of the alleged groping incidents. The video does not show him clearly grabbing her buttocks but it does show him reaching out toward her back and rear.
The TAO victim won a default judgment against Gooding last year after he failed to respond to her lawsuit for over a year. The judgment will allow the victim to seek monetary damages.
Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty to the LAVO nightclub allegation. He had previously pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanour counts and denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
His lawyers have argued that overzealous prosecutors, caught up in the fervour of the #MeToo movement, are trying to turn ‘commonplace gestures’ or misunderstandings into crimes.
This reared its head during one of the victim impact statements, in which Gooding’s defense attorney called one of the victims ‘delusional’ and frequently interrupted her, according to the New York Daily News.
The judge had ruled that if the Gooding case went to trial, prosecutors could have called two additional women to testify about their allegations that Gooding also violated them.
Those women, whose claims did not result in criminal charges, were among 19 other accusers whom prosecutors were seeking to call as witnesses.
THE CHARGES AND ALLEGATIONS
June 2019 – 2 counts; forcible touching and sexual abuse
Gooding Jr. has been charged with forcible touching and third degree sexual abuse – both misdemeanors – for allegedly touching a woman’s breast at the Magic Hour Rooftop in Manhattan this June. He denies it.
October 2018 – 2 counts; forcible touching and sexual abuse
The grand jury indictment is connected to a different incident, in October last year at Tao nightclub in Manhattan.
For that incident, he is charged with forcible touching and third degree sexual abuse.
September 2018: Two misdemeanor charges relating to an incident in New York City
Papers filed by prosecutors on Tuesday also describe 12 other incidents over which he has not been charged but which prosecutors think constitute misconduct. They include:
1) A 2001 incident at the W Hotel where he approached a woman he had never met and ‘rubbed his groin and pelvis against her buttocks while simultaneously grabbed her buttocks and breast with his hand’.
2) A 2003 incident at the Yard House in Long Beach where he allegedly put his hand on another woman’s buttocks and ‘squeezed it’ while they had a photo taken together. He then told her: ‘You’ve got a good piece of a**’
3) A 2006 incident at Chi, a bar in Hollywood, where he approached a woman from behind and ‘bit her shoulder, on her bare back’ twice, then ‘thrust his pelvis’ against her leg and ‘attempted to lift the bottom of her shirt up’
4) A 2007 incident at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas where, at a ‘movie related event’, ‘forcibly pulled’ a woman towards him and ‘attempted to kiss her’ after calling her and her friends over to his table. He then allegedly ‘licked’ her face and ‘grabbed her buttocks’
The next night, he allegedly grabbed the same woman and placed his tongue against her closed lips
5) An incident at Butter, a now closed nightclub in Manhattan, sometime between 2007 and 2008 where he allegedly grabbed another woman’s buttocks and ‘squeezed’ it as she walked through a crowd
6) An incident in 2011 at a bar in Los Angeles where he allegedly placed his hand inside a woman’s blouse and ‘squeezed her bare breast’ and told her: ‘sit on my face and pee in my mouth’
7) An October 2011 incident at Sfuzzi’s in Dallas, Texas, where he allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks and ‘rubbed’ them
8) A November 2013 incident at the Chatwal Hotel in New York where he ‘grabbed a woman’s buttocks and licked her neck’
9) A 2014 incident at Cafe Havana in Malibu where he ‘reached under a woman’s skirt and touched her vagina over her underwear’
10) A 2015 incident at Nobu, Malibu, where he ‘attempted to kiss’ a woman then bit her shoulder. When she argued with him, he allegedly called her a ‘c**t’ and a ‘b***h’.
11) An incident ‘approximately five years ago’ at Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he ‘grabbed a woman’s buttocks’ then told her to stop smoking cigarettes.
12) On August 16, 2018, at the Shore Bar in Santa Monica, told a woman: ‘Damn, you’re hot’, asked if she was married then asked her to lean in closer to him where her proceeded to ‘grab her buttocks and breast and forcibly kissed her, inserting his tongue into her mouth’