A criminal case against Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is continuing after a judge rejected his bid to have the case thrown out.
The AP reports that Judge Keisha Espinal said she needed more time to review written arguments in the New York City groping case.
“Gooding, 51, is accused of placing his hand on a 29-year-old woman’s breast and squeezing it without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square on June 9. The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated,” the AP reports, adding: “Gooding was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night arraignment and was released on his own recognizance after about six hours in police custody.”
Gooding had sought a quick dismissal of the misdemeanor charges.
“The Oscar-winning ‘Jerry Maguire’ star’s upcoming film projects could be in jeopardy if the case drags on and he has to shuttle between his Hollywood home and a Manhattan courthouse for hearings and a trial, defense lawyer Mark Heller argued,” the AP reports.
But Espinal said she wouldn’t rule on Gooding’s request until Aug. 14.