Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who was charged in a sexual abuse case in June, has been charged with a new crime, TMZ reports. The report notes that the Manhattan district attorney is “being super secretive over the exact nature of the charge and the alleged victim.”
“Cuba showed up in court Thursday — everyone thought it was for his sexual assault case — but apparently that was not the case. The D.A. told the judge there was an additional incident that is the basis of the new charge,” TMZ reports. “It’s unclear if the alleged victim is the same woman who made the initial allegation against the actor. When Cuba was arrested, the D.A. revealed there was an additional incident the NYPD was investigating, but it’s unclear if this is the basis for the new allegation.”
The actor is due to be arraigned next week on the new charge.
TMZ also notes: “Cuba’s team filed a motion to dismiss the case in June claiming the accuser’s own words — from blog entries — show she has a ‘warped mental state.’ This did NOT sit well with the D.A.’s Office, which called out Cuba for using the alleged victim’s mental health as an excuse to toss the case.”
Gooding has pleaded not guilty in the case, in which he is accused of touching a woman’s breast in a bar. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree.