Cuba Gooding Jr., the actor, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of harassment. This ends a criminal case that started when a report of sex abuse led to additional allegations from women all over the country. The Academy Award winner in 1997 for the portrayal of a brazen football player in “Jerry Maguire” was awarded to Mr. Gooding. He was then charged with forcibly or groping three women in 2019.
This was one of many men who were exposed in the MeToo movement.
To serve his sentence, cuba gooding jr was sent to the State Supreme Court in Manhattan Prosecutors requested permission from the court for trial testimony to be presented by 19 women who had come forward after Mr. Gooding’s initial Manhattan arrest. Although their accounts weren’t part of the criminal case they wanted to present evidence that Mr. Gooding was acting in a pattern.
The judge had initially granted two women the opportunity to testify but later reversed his decision, according to a prosecutor.
Prosecutors announced in April that they had reached an arrangement that would allow Mr. Gooding to plead guilty to harassment, provided that he wasn’t arrested again and that he continued with the alcohol and behavior modification treatment he began in 2019. On Thursday, a prosecutor stated in court that Mr. Gooding had fulfilled these conditions.
The court heard the statements of the three women
- The court heard the statements of the three women who provided the basis for the charges against Mr. Gooding before he was sentenced. Each woman expressed disappointment at the outcome and cuba gooding jr described the lingering trauma they experienced after their encounters with Mr. Gooding.
- “I want back to when I didn’t have nightmares about fighting an attacker,” one woman wrote. Coleen Balbert, a prosecutor, read her statement.
- Kelsey Harbert addressed the court personally. She said that the plea agreement with Mr. Gooding felt “in many ways” like a betrayal and that Mr. Gooding was leaving the courthouse as “a freeman” after waiting three years for a trial where he would be held responsible. She said that she felt he was treated differently because of his status.
- Gloria Allred, a lawyer representing Ms. Harbert spoke outside the courthouse. She said, “The decision by Alvin Bragg, Manhattan District Attorney, to allow Mr. Gooding Jr., to walk away with an agreement, which allows him avoid trial and erases any record criminal, is insulting to many of the accusers.”
- While Mr. Gooding is not facing criminal charges in Manhattan anymore, two civil lawsuits accusing him are still pending in Federal District Court.
- Born in the Bronx in 1961, Mr. Gooding had his first big success in the role of the lead in the 1991 film, “Boyz in the Hood.” O.J. was also his role. Simpson was featured in “The People Vs. O.J.” (2016). Simpson: American Crime Story
The case of Mr. Gooding in Manhattan attracted intense public attention
- The case of Mr. Gooding in Manhattan attracted intense public attention. Officials from the police said that after investigating that Mr. Gooding had sent his mug shot to an entertainment site, a decorated detective in sex crime was removed of his shield and gun by investigators.
- A week later, a prosecutor complained about the judge in the case, Justice Curtis Farber. Justice Curtis Farber was referring to surveillance camera footage that Mr. Gooding had taken and provided to the defense by the Manhattan district attorney’s Office. (Mr. Gooding’s lawyer denied that anyone had leaked the video to him.
- The criminal case against Mr. cuba gooding jr began in summer 2019. He was charged with sexual abuse, forcible touching and assault after a woman who identified herself later as Kelsey Harbert told detectives that he had touched her breasts at Magic Hour, a rooftop bar located in the Moxy NYC Times Square Hotel.
- The accusations grew in severity over the following fall. The charges against Mr. Gooding included groping a woman at Lavo (an Italian restaurant on East 58th Street that also has a downstairs nightclub) and pinching the buttocks a second woman working at Tao Downtown in Chelsea.
- In a lawsuit filed at State Supreme Court Manhattan, Natasha Ashworth claimed that the woman at Tao was Natasha Ashworth. This lawsuit accused Mr. Gooding with battery, assault, and intentional infliction emotional distress.
- The suit against Ms. Ashworth, which seeks unspecified damages, states that she was working at Tao as a server when Mr. Gooding asked if she wanted to see his “impressions of penis.” After this, she drank from a cup, and started spurting liquid.
- The suit claimed that Mr. Gooding had rubbed her right buttock later that night. The suit replied that he had no fun when she objected.
- The investigation by the district attorney’s office was aided by additional women from other parts of Manhattan who provided their own descriptions of Mr. Gooding’s behavior. They outlined events that generally took place many years ago.
- However, the prosecutors used some of these accounts to ask Justice Farber for testimony. They wrote that Gooding’s “prior acts” showed that his contact with their intimate parts were intentional and not accidental and that they did not consent.
- One woman claimed that Mr. Gooding attempted to kiss her in Las Vegas in 2007. He also touched her stomach and licked her cheeks. Another woman claimed that Mr. Gooding pulled her arm and placed his hand in her blouse as she walked by him in Los Angeles in 2011. A woman claimed that Mr. Gooding touched her genitals in 2014, at Malibu’s restaurant.
- The lawyer for Mr. Gooding dismissed many of the accounts after his arrest as incorrect, suggesting that some accusers may have come “out of nowhere” due to his client’s fame. The defense opposed the additional testimony that was offered by the prosecutors. They claimed any evidence it might have would not be of value to Mr. Gooding.
- cuba gooding jr Justice Farber ruled in 2020 that two of the 19 women named by prosecutors could testify. One said that Mr. Gooding had grabbed her neck at Midtown Manhattan’s hotel bar in 2013 and the other that he forcibly kissed and groped her in Santa Monica in 2018.
- In April, Justice Farber ruled that two of the 19 women cited by prosecutors could testify. One said Mr. Gooding grabbed her neck at a Midtown Manhattan hotel bar in 2013, and another claimed that the actor groped and forcibly kissed her at a Santa Monica, Calif., bar in 2018.
- Justice Farber disagreed on Thursday with this characterization. He stated from the bench, “considering a modification” to his order regarding the additional witnesses, based upon the consideration by a higher court of a similar matter in a recent case. He also stated that he had not made a final decision.
- The most serious accusation against Gooding was in a civil lawsuit that was filed in Manhattan federal court in 2020. Jane Doe, a woman referred only to as Jane Doe, claimed that Mr. Gooding raped Jane in her room at the Mercer Hotel in SoHo in 2013. This allegation has been denied by Mr. Gooding’s lawyers.
Cuba gooding jr Bio
Cuba Gooding Jr. was conceived in The Bronx (New York) on January 2, 1968. Shirley (Sullivan, his mother was a backup singer with The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding was the lead singer for the R&B group The Major Ingredient.
The group had a hit song with “Everybody Plays The Fool”. His paternal grandfather is from Barbados.
Cuba’s father, who moved the family to Los Angeles in 1972 for work, then left them a few years later. Cuba managed to keep a positive outlook despite this setback and continued to excel in school.
Cuba attended four high schools, and was elected as the class president at three of them. Cuba fell in love with Sara Kapfer while in high school. They lived together for seven years until he finally got married in March 1994.
Cuba began studying Japanese martial arts in high school. He then turned his attention to acting after three years. He landed guest starring roles in shows such as Hill Street Blues (1981), and MacGyver (85).
His first major role in the 1991 surprise box office Boyz n the Hood was in 1991. This success was followed by supporting roles in major films such as A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (94) and Invasion (95).
Cuba played the role of an arrogant, but loyal, football player in the Tom Cruise- Cameron Crowe movie Jerry Maguire (1996). Cuba won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Box Office Hit. The movie’s “Show Me The Money” line became a national catchphrase.
He was a star because many Hollywood’s most prominent producers “showed him the money” to make him appear in their movies.
Cuba has been busy since Jerry Maguire 1996. He was most recently recognized for his role as a mentally disabled man in the touching film Radio (2003). This movie is also about football. He was awarded a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.