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Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused by 14 Women of Sexual Conduct, Pleads Not Guilty to 2nd Groping Charge

Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused by 14 Women of Sexual Conduct, Pleads Not Guilty to 2nd Groping Charge

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Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that several other women have recently come forward to make new allegations of sexual misconduct against Cuba Gooding Jr.

Gooding, 51, is accused by three more women whose claims from 2008, 2013 and 2015 are being investigated by the police, bringing his total number of alleged victims to five.

“It’s a pattern,” a source told The New York Post, noting that all of the alleged attacks, which date back to 2008, occurred in Manhattan bars and restaurants.

One of the women says Gooding grabbed her rear at a hotel on Howard Street in Soho in 2018, while another claims he reached his hand under her skirt and penetrated her with his finger that same year, law enforcement sources said.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Mosaic Federation Gala Against Human Slavery on September 10, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Mosaic Federation)

Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, told The Post on Monday that he was aware of the additional claims but stressed that his client has only been charged in two cases.

He said of the October 2018 allegation, “We believe that is the only new allegation joined to the indictment. We believe it is totally incredulous and will not give rise to any conviction at all.”

“It happened in excess of a year ago, and it’s a case the alleged accuser never pressed in that whole time nor did the police press it,” Heller said. “She simply came forward when Cuba got arrested, and that was after Cuba declined to be shaken down by her. … Because it was not appropriate and not a truthful allegation, Cuba declined to be shaken down.”

Gooding was previously accused of groping a woman at a rooftop bar near Times Square back in June.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Mosaic Federation Gala Against Human Slavery on September 10, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Mosaic Federation)

A criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in Manhattan accused Gooding of placing his hand on a 29-year-old woman’s breast and squeezing it without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square on June 9.

The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated, and the 51-year-old “Jerry Maguire” star was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police.

He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and was released on his own recognizance after about six hours in police custody.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Mosaic Federation Gala Against Human Slavery on September 10, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Mosaic Federation)

A judge in August rejected his request to have the case thrown out.

Gooding’s legal team claims there is surveillance video that will exonerate him, but the judge ruled that the conflicting accounts should be resolved at a trial.

He could face up to a year in prison if convicted on the original count.

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