Cuba Gooding Jr. to face civil rape trial in NYC today
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to face a civil rape trial in New York today over allegations that he raped a woman twice at a hotel in Soho 10 years ago. The woman, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court in 2020. Gooding denies the accusations, saying that he engaged in consensual sex with the woman. The case is expected to last between three to four days, and nine people, including Gooding and his accuser, are listed as potential witnesses. At least three other Gooding accusers are expected to testify in the trial to support the woman’s claims.
Who is Cuba Gooding Jr.?
Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor, known for his roles in movies such as “Jerry Maguire,” “Radio,” and “Men of Honor.”
What is Cuba Gooding Jr. accused of?
Cuba Gooding Jr. is accused of raping a woman twice at a Soho hotel in 2013. The woman filed a lawsuit against him in 2020, claiming that Gooding sexually assaulted her in a room at the Mercer Hotel.
What is the trial about?
The trial is a civil lawsuit brought against Gooding by the woman who claims he raped her. The case is expected to rise and fall on whether the jury finds the encounter was consensual, as Gooding maintains they both engaged in sex willingly.
How long will the trial last?
The trial is expected to last between three to four days.
Who will be testifying in the trial?
Nine people, including Gooding and his accuser, are listed as potential witnesses. At least three other Gooding accusers are expected to take the stand to bolster the woman’s case.
Has Cuba Gooding Jr. been accused of sexual misconduct before?
Yes, at least 30 women have accused Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual misconduct. He struck a no-jail plea deal with Manhattan prosecutors last year in a separate sex abuse case involving allegations that he groped three women in separate incidents.
“Civil Rape Trial Against Cuba Gooding Jr. Set to Begin Today in NYC”
Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to face trial in Manhattan today over a lawsuit alleging he raped a woman twice at a Soho hotel a decade ago. The trial is expected to last between three to four days and comes after Gooding struck a plea deal with Manhattan prosecutors last year in his sex abuse case. The case is expected to rise and fall on whether the encounter was consensual, as Gooding doesn’t deny that they had sex but maintains they both engaged in it willingly.
The woman, who filed suit anonymously under the name Jane Doe, claimed that she met the actor in the VIP section of Greenwich Village lounge Le Souk, where they chatted before he invited her for drinks at his hotel. The suit alleged that Gooding began groping her breasts under her top despite her telling him no several times and then raped her. At least three other Gooding accusers are expected to take the stand to bolster the woman’s case by showing her claims are credible since the actor has a history of alleged sexual misconduct.
Gooding’s lawyers plan to call the former co-owners of Le Souk to testify about how the woman returned to the lounge and allegedly bragged about having sex with a celebrity as evidence to bolster their defense that the encounter was consensual. Gooding’s accuser was ordered to refile her lawsuit revealing her identity by noon on Monday, which she failed to do. Gooding has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 30 women. The judge barred one accuser from testifying in the plaintiff’s case but found that the four accusers’ testimony is sufficient and that having a fifth would be cumulative. Gooding’s lawyers declined to comment.