Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Cuba Gooding Jr. settles sexual assault case

NEW YORK (AP) – Just as a trial was about to begin, it was revealed Tuesday that Cuba Gooding Jr. has reached a settlement on charges of raping a woman at a New York City hotel a decade ago, according to court reports. As per records. The actor, through his lawyers, had insisted that his meeting with the woman was consensual after the two met at a nearby restaurant.

The trial was to begin with jury selection in federal court in New York, as the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star faces allegations that he met the woman in Manhattan, persuaded her to meet him at a hotel and asked her to stay. Persuaded. his room so that he can change his clothes.

The woman had been proceeding anonymously until last week, when Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled that he must reveal his name at trial. She said in her lawsuit that Gooding raped her in her bedroom. However, his lawyers insisted that it was consensual sex and he later boasted to others that he had sex with a celebrity.

The lawsuit sought $6 million in damages. Attorney Gloria Allred, one of several representing the woman, declined to comment. The lawsuit was filed against a man who authorities say has been accused of sexual misconduct against more than 30 other women, including groping, unwanted kissing and other inappropriate acts.

Late last week, the judge, in a bid to strengthen the woman’s case at trial and in settlement negotiations, ruled that he would allow three women to testify that they experienced sudden sexual advances after meeting a Gooding in social settings. There was attempted assault or sexual assault. Festivals, bars, clubs and restaurants.

One of the women planning to testify at trial was Kelsey Harbert, who told police that Gooding groped her without her consent in 2019 at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square.

Harbert said last year that not being able to present his case in court was “more frustrating than words” after Gooding pleaded guilty in New York state court to charges of avoiding prison or a criminal record.

The Associated Press typically does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they give their permission, as Herbert has.

Gooding, a star of films including “Boyz n the Hood” and “Radio,” pleaded guilty in April 2022 to a misdemeanor charge after admitting he sexually assaulted a female worker at a New York nightclub in 2018. had kissed

By staying out of trouble and completing six months of alcohol and behavioral counseling, Gooding was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and instead pleaded guilty to a noncriminal assault offense, expunging his criminal record. Gone and more sanctions avoided.

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