Cuba Gooding Jr. Charged With Forcible Touching After Allegedly Groping Woman

Cuba Gooding Jr. has been arrested and charged after turning himself in to the Manhattan Special Victims Unit.

The 51-year-old actor surrendered on Thursday, after allegedly groping a woman at a bar in New York City on Sunday night, and was subsequently charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanour, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Cuba Gooding Jr. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Gooding Jr.’s legal team say they reviewed surveillance video on Wednesday from the venue of the alleged offense, and they say it does not show any crime had been committed.

Multiple sources tell ET that Gooding Jr. turned himself in despite maintaining his innocence. He will then be processed at the precinct in East Harlem before being transported to an arraignment center, according to our sources.

REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

“Cuba is very respectful of the process and we are going to follow the protocol of the process,” Gooding Jr.’s attorney, Peter Toumbekis, tells ET. “He’s comfortable to have faith and trust in the process.”

“He is holding up okay,” Toumbekis adds. “He’s a man of faith and he also has a great faith in [how] the system works. His background has always been one to support the troops, law enforcement and he will respect this process.”

The NYPD tells ET that their SVU has a complaint on file regarding the allegation against Gooding Jr., but could not confirm any further details. Various news outlets report, however, that a 30-year-old woman claims the actor was intoxicated and grabbed her breast while the two were at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge the night of June 9.

Stay with ETonline for updates relating to this case.

Reporting by Carolyn Greenspan and Brendon Geoffrion.

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