Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to charges in sexual misconduct case
Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to sexual misconduct indictment; Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam; more. (Oct. 16) AP Entertainment
NEW YORK — Cuba Gooding Jr. has pleaded not guilty to an indictment that includes allegations from a new accuser in his New York City sexual misconduct case.
Prosecutors at Thursday's arraignment said they've also heard from several more women who could testify that the 51-year-old actor has had a habit of groping women over the years.
Gooding's criminal case now includes allegations from three women, growing in recent weeks from a lone allegation that led to his arrest in June.
Details of the new allegations weren't immediately available.
Gooding's lawyers argued the indictment and accompanying paperwork don't specify any wrongdoing in that alleged counter.
Gooding has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. He is free on his own recognizance.
The actor, who won an Oscar for his role in "Jerry Maguire," was arrested in June after a 29-year-old woman said he squeezed her breast without consent at Manhattan night spot.
Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty: Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to new sex crime charge; prosecutors seek to call 12 other accusers
An indictment unsealed Oct. 15 included charges Gooding alleging also pinched a woman's buttocks at a Manhattan nightclub in October 2018.
The judge, Curtis Farber, said he'll rule in December on whether any of those women can take the witness stand.
Heller has argued the case against Gooding is an example of the #MeToo movement run amok and that overzealous prosecutors are looking to turn "commonplace gestures" into crimes.