*Cuba Gooding Jr. was indicted on an additional undisclosed charge in his sexual misconduct case on Thursday in a New York court.
The Oscar-winning actor was “indicted on charges included in this docket as well as an additional incident previously uncharged,” Assistant District Attorney Jenna Long said, according to The Daily Beast.
We previously reported…Gooding Jr. was accused by a still unidentified woman of grabbing her breast at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in the Moxy Times Square hotel occurred on June 9. His accuser reportedly informed authorities that Gooding Jr. appeared to be “highly intoxicated” and the pair got into an argument that had to be broken up by security.
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.
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Gooding Jr. wants the court to dismiss 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 filing in NY criminal court. (BTW, you can read the full filing here.)
Cuba’s trial over third-degree misdemeanor sexual abuse and forcible touching charges began Thursday. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Meanwhile, Keller maintains his client is innocent. “We have reviewed the tapes, and we do not see any criminal conduct having been perpetrated on his part,” the defense attorney told The Daily Beast. “He respects women. I’ve known him for over 30 years, this is not something he would do.”
The actor faces up to a year in jail if found guilty on the misdemeanor.