Cuba Gooding Jr Settles Civil Sex Abuse Case Ahead Of Trial
Cuba Gooding Jr settles civil sex abuse case with a woman who sued him for $6 million on the grounds that he raped her a decade ago. The agreement was reached just minutes before jury selection was scheduled to begin in Manhattan federal court.
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Cuba Gooding Jr. settles civil sex abuse casewith a woman who sued him for $6 million on the grounds that he raped her a decade ago. The agreement was reached just minutes before jury selection was scheduled to begin in Manhattan federal court.
In a last-minute agreement, the renowned actor who won an Oscar for his role in "Jerry Maguire" will be able to avoid the public airing of the alleged assault details in court. Meanwhile, the accuser will not have to disclose her identity as U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty had previously ruled that she could not proceed with the trial anonymously.
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According to court documents, Cuba Gooding Jr. settled allegations that he raped a woman in a New York City hotel a decade ago on Tuesday, just before his trial was to commence. The actor insisted through his attorneys that his encounter with the woman at a nearby restaurant was consensual.
The trial was scheduled to begin with jury selection in New York federal court, where the Oscar-winning "Jerry Maguire" actor was accused of meeting the woman in Manhattan, convincing her to join him at a hotel, and convincing her to stop by his room so he could change clothes.
The woman had been proceeding incognito until last week when Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled that she must disclose her identity during the trial. In her lawsuit, she alleged that Gooding raped her in his hotel room after convincing her to halt there so he could change clothes. His attorneys, however, insisted that it was consensual sex and that she later boasted about having sex with a celebrity.
The lawsuit sought compensation of $6 million. Gloria Allred, one of several attorneys representing the victim, declined to comment on the rumored settlement to CBS News. Other attorneys, including those who represent Gooding, did not respond to requests for comment immediately.
The lawsuit was filed against a man who, according to authorities, has been accused of sexual misconduct against over thirty other women, including unsolicited kissing, groping, and other inappropriate conduct.
The judge's late-week decision to allow three women to testify that they, too, had been victims of sudden sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults after meeting Gooding in social settings like festivals, bars, and restaurants appeared to strengthen the woman's position at trial and in settlement negotiations.
On trial was Kelsey Harbert, who said Gooding fondled her without permission in 2019 at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in the Times Square area. A lady accused him of improperly fondling her in a club near Times Square in June of 2019, leading to his detention in a separate criminal case. Gooding was also accused of sexually touching women.
Gooding pleaded guilty to forcible contact in April 2022 after admitting that he had kissed one of the ladies on the lips without her permission. He was able to escape jail time and have his record expunged after completing six months of alcohol and behavior rehabilitation per the terms of his plea agreement with prosecutors.
In exchange for Gooding staying out of trouble and finishing six months of alcohol and behavioral rehabilitation, his criminal record was expunged and he avoided extra fines by pleading guilty to a non-criminal harassing infraction.
According to court documents, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was accused of assaulting a lady in a New York City hotel ten years ago. On Tuesday, just as a trial in federal court was ready to begin, the newsbroke. The "Jerry Maguire" star claimed through his lawyers that his rendezvous with the woman at the Manhattan restaurant was entirely consensual.
She had been proceeding undercover until last week when Judge Paul A. Crotty ordered her to come clean. According to her lawsuit, Gooding sexually abused her in his bedroom. His lawyers claimed, however, that whatever sexual contact there was, it was voluntary, and that she afterwards bragged about it to others.