“Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing a growing cast of sexual misconduct accusers, with prosecutors Tuesday unveiling new criminal charges against the actor and telling a judge they intend to have up to a dozen women testify that he violated them, too,” the AP reports.
Gooding, appearing in a New York City courtroom, pleaded not guilty to an indictment that included the new charges, the story reports. The new charges “allege he pinched a woman’s buttocks at a Manhattan nightclub in October 2018 after making a sexually suggestive remark to her earlier in the night,” the AP reports.
The report adds: “The indictment expands a case that started with Gooding’s arrest in June after a 29-year-old woman told police that the actor, who won an Oscar for his role in ‘Jerry Maguire,’ squeezed her breast without her consent at another Manhattan night spot. No trial date has been set.”
Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, has argued that the case against his client shows the #MeToo movement run amok, with overzealous prosecutors looking to turn “commonplace gestures” into crimes, the AP reports.
Heller is quoted telling reporters: “We are shocked, outraged and absolutely dumbfounded that the district attorney’s office has wasted the taxpayers’ money, resources and time in charging Cuba with these two incredulous cases.”