No Cuba, the heavens aren’t going to do you much good this time around.
There have been 30 women (😲) who have accused actor Cuba Gooding Jr. of groping them, and now the Jerry Maguire actor has been accused of raping a woman twice in a New York City hotel room in 2013, according to a civil lawsuit filed on Tuesday (August 17, 2020).
The assault allegedly took place after she met Gooding in the VIP section of a Greenwich Village lounge in August of 2013. Gooding then invited her for drinks at the Mercer Hotel and the two took a cab to the party spot in the heart of SoHo.
Once they arrived at the hotel, the actor requested that come with him to his room at the hotel so he could change his clothes.
According to Page Six, this is what happened next:
In the room, Gooding put on music by Mumford & Sons and began to undress — despite the woman trying to tell him she wanted to leave and go to the bar downstairs.
“Plaintiff was wearing a halter top dress that evening. Defendant finished taking off his clothes (he was now completely naked) and forcibly and without consent put one hand in her halter top to touch Plaintiff’s breasts and one hand up her dress,” the suit states.
Gooding then allegedly began to grope her while she told him “no” several times, according to the suit.
After the assault, the woman rushed “downstairs in order to meet her friend, and hurriedly left the hotel room,” according to the suit.
The actor’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said the allegations were untrue.
“The allegations are false. It’s an event that took place seven years ago. No complaint was ever lodged. We believe the allegations and the complaint will be dismissed,” Heller told Reuters by phone.
30 allegations of groping and now this. Cuba, you’re not going to be able to smile and dance your way out of this one.