The actor made famous by his roles in films like “Jerry Maguire” voluntarily surrendered to police after it was alleged that he groped a woman at a party, according to local sources. Cuba Gooding Jr. surrendered to New York authorities in Harlem on June 6 and now faces charges of third-degree forcible touching and sexual abuse. If he is found guilty, he could face up to a year behind bars, and it is unknown whether he has retained criminal defense counsel at this time.
The report does not go into great detail about the alleged incident, but it has been confirmed that he was accused by unknown parties of groping a woman’s breast at a rooftop party the weekend before. The 51-year-old actor has not publicly spoken about the alleged incident at this time. However, police say the incident allegedly happened the night of June 2 at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, an exclusive bar atop the Moxy NYC Times Square Hotel. It is not clear who was hosting the party, or if they were aware of the alleged activity.
Mr. Gooding entered the police station in Harlem of his own accord and was there for some two and a half hours before being brought out by detectives while in handcuffs. It is not known whether he remains in police custody or if he was released on bail. No trial date has been set.
While sexual assault is clearly a crime to be taken seriously, the accusation itself is enough to cause severe repercussions to an individual’s reputation and career. This is only more true for celebrities who live in the spotlight and whose activities are reported upon by the media. However, Mr. Gooding will be represented in New York court by a criminal defense team that will work tirelessly to defend him in the face of these serious charges.