*Cuba Gooding Jr. – and we don’t blame him – is doing all he can to get those recent misdemeanor charges of forcible touching a woman at a nightclub dismissed.
Specifically, the actor wants the court to dissmiss the case because of “certain mental characteristics” of his accuser.
“The Interests of Justice are SCREAMING OUT FOR THE EXONERATION OF CUBA GOODING, JR. and calling for a critical examination of this case and the Accuser whose personal blogs have included statements which clearly reveal the metamorphism of a troubled mentality which sheds light on why she would make false allegations after being rejected and rebuffed that evening and asked to excuse herself from Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s and Claudine Deniro’s presence and give them privacy,” is what Gooding Jr.’s lawyer Mark Keller said in a Friday filing in NY criminal court. (BTW, you can read the full filing here.)
The still unidentified woman accused Gooding Jr. of grabbing her breast at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in the Moxy Times Square hotel occurred late on June 9. The actor faces up to a year in jail if found guilty on the misdemeanor.
Here’s more from Deadline:
The office of NY County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. had no comment on the dismissal motion when contacted by Deadline. However, despite video footage that displays some degree of interaction between American Crime Story actor and the alleged victim, Gooding does have the sworn support of Robert De Niro’s daughter-in-law that he did nothing wrong that night.
“I was attentive and engaged during the entire interaction with the Accuser and Mr. Gooding and at no time did Mr. Gooding touch the Accuser’s breast and at no time did Mr. Gooding ‘place his hand on her breast and squeeze’ as is stated in the Criminal Complaint,” declares Raphael De Niro’s estranged spouse Claudine in a June 19 declaration that was submitted with Gooding’s motion late last week.
As we reported earlier, after declaring that he “trusts the system,” the “Jerry Maguire” star turned himself into the NYPD’s Special Victim’s Unit on June 13 and was formally charged. Gooding has denied the claims since they became public last week.
A hearing on the motion to dismiss looks to be set for Wednesday, June 26 in lower Manhattan.