Oscar-winning African American actor, Cuba Gooding Jr has been accused by 3 more women of sexually assaulting and harassing them.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, two of the women bringing new accusations against Gooding said he grabbed their behinds in New York City restaurants in 2008 and 2013, respectively, while the third woman’s accusations are unclear.
The publication also disclosed that the police are currently investigating the accusations.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said only, “The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”
The 51-year-old actor has not been charged yet in the three new cases. However, he has been charged with forcible touching and misdemeanor sexual abuse for allegedly groping a woman’s breast at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Manhattan in June. The maximum penalty for the offense is a year in prison.
Gooding is expected back in court for his arraignment today, October 15, 2019.
Responding to reports three more women have come forward to police, Mark Heller, one of Gooding’s defense lawyers said he doesn’t believe accusers.
“They can’t simply add, it has to be taken to a grand jury, and if they didn’t do it now it’s not likely they’ll do it again,” Heller said. “These ‘other’ cases, the district attorney did not have the confidence or the evidence that they are prosecutable and that’s why they were not (included) in the indictment.” Photo Credit: Getty