Three women claimed that Cuba Gooding Jr. sexually harassed them and will testify at the federal civil trial next week to support a woman’s lawsuit that Gooding raped her back in 2013, a judge says.
Cuba Gooding Jr. Rape Case
Judge Paul A. Crotty that the allegations against Cuba Gooding Jr. by the woman were appropriate for a jury to decide if Gooding did rape a woman in a Manhattan hotel room after they met at a bar. He also ruled in a separate order that the plaintiff recognized only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit seeking $6 million in damages, must reveal her name at trial.
Crotty also said that the allegations of the three women who claimed to testify are sufficiently comparable to the claims at stake in the trial because all concerns are sudden sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults and arose from the presence of the women and Gooding in social settings such as festivals, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Gooding’s Lawyers said that their client had consensual sex with the woman who accused him of rape after they met in the VIP lounge restaurant and she joined him at a nearby hotel bar, agreeing to proceed to his hotel room so the actor could change his clothing.
The three women include Kelsey Harbert, who said in tears after Gooding pleaded guilty last year that never getting her day in court was more disappointing than words can say. Harbert informed police that Gooding caressed her without her permission at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square in 2019.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Harbert has done.
The judge disallowed the testimony of a fourth woman because her proposed testimony that Gooding groped her breast without her consent in 2011 was so similar to Harbert’s expected testimony that it would be “needlessly cumulative” and would increase the chance of improper bias. The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday.
Cuba Gooding Jr Pleaded Guilty To Misdemeanor
Cuba Gooding Jr. was allowed to plead guilty in April 2022 to a misdemeanor, admitting that he forcibly kissed a worker at a New York nightclub in 2018.
Meanwhile, when Cuba Gooding Jr. was out of trouble and completing six months of alcohol and behavioral counseling, Gooding was entitled to withdraw his plea guilty and instead pleaded guilty to a non-criminal harassment offense, stopping his criminal record and preventing further penalties.
The deal was criticized by some of at least 30 women who prosecutors say have made sexual mischief allegations against him, many citing meetings at New York City nightspots that resulted in groping, unwanted kissing, and other inappropriate behavior.