Cuba Gooding Jr

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr admitted that he forcibly kissed a waitress, his lawyer said on 13 April 2022, in a New York court plea that will see other criminal complaints against him dropped. Image: Johannes Eisele / AFP

Breaking: Cuba Gooding Jr admits to forcibly kissing waitress

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr pleads guilty on one misdemeanour count after admitting to forcibly kissing a waitress without her consent.

Cuba Gooding Jr

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr admitted that he forcibly kissed a waitress, his lawyer said on 13 April 2022, in a New York court plea that will see other criminal complaints against him dropped. Image: Johannes Eisele / AFP

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr admitted forcibly kissing a waitress, his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a New York court plea that will see other criminal complaints against him dropped.

The Jerry Maguire star had been accused by more than 20 women of groping and unwanted touching over decades and had faced criminal charges stemming from complaints by three of them.

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CUBA GOODING JR PLEADS GUILTY

Gooding’s lawyer, Frank Rothman, told AFP his client had entered a guilty plea on one misdemeanour count.

“He admitted to one charge that he kissed a waitress without her consent,” Rothman said, adding “all the other charges have been dismissed.”

“In six months, if he stays out of trouble, that charge will be withdrawn, and he will have no criminal record at the end of this.”

Frank Rothman

LAWYERS AIM TO CONTINUE A CIVIL CASE AGAINST CUBA GOODING JR

Gloria Allred, who is representing the unnamed woman in a civil suit, said applications for other alleged victims to be able to testify in the case – on the basis that they were subject to similar conduct – were denied by the judge.

“My law firm and New York attorney, Casey Wolnowski, will continue to litigate our civil case against Cuba Gooding Jr in Federal court in New York on behalf of our brave client who alleges in her lawsuit that Cuba Gooding Jr committed an act of gender violence against her,” Allred said.

“We look forward to achieving a just result in this lawsuit.”

Gloria Allred

CUBA GOODING JR IS ANOTHER STAR TO BE CAUGHT IN THE #METOO WAVE

Gooding, 54, shot to fame for his role in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood and cemented his reputation with an Oscar win for best supporting actor in the American football movie Jerry Maguire, opposite Tom Cruise.

Gooding is the latest entertainment figure to face a public reckoning over unwanted sexual advances in the #MeToo wave, which began with producer Harvey Weinstein being brought to justice for decades of abuse.

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