“#New accuser says Cuba Gooding Jr. raped her in SoHo hotel room”
August 18, 2020 | 1:26pm
The woman, who filed the suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe, said the assault happened after she met the “Jerry Maguire” actor in the VIP section of a Greenwich Village lounge in August of that year, according to court papers.
After they chatted at the lounge, Gooding invited her for drinks at the Mercer Hotel and the two took a cab to the party spot in the heart of SoHo, according to the suit.
When they arrived, Gooding told her to come with him to his room at the hotel so he could change his clothes, the suit states.
In the room, Gooding put on music by Mumford & Sons and began to undress — despite the woman trying to tell him she wanted to leave and go to the bar downstairs.
“Plaintiff was wearing a halter top dress that evening. Defendant finished taking off his clothes (he was now completely naked) and forcibly and without consent put one hand in her halter top to touch Plaintiff’s breasts and one hand up her dress,” the suit states.
Gooding then allegedly began to grope her while she told him “no” several times, according to the suit.
The actor then allegedly raped the woman vaginally and anally, the court papers state.
After the assault the woman rushed “downstairs in order to meet her friend, and hurriedly left the hotel room,” according to the suit.
The victim is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages for the alleged assault.
Gooding has is currently facing a criminal trial on six misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching stemming from allegations of three accusers.
The actor was first busted after an incident at the Moxy Hotel before two additional accusers came forward.
He was arrested again and charged with pinching the buttocks of Tao Downtown server Natasha Ashworth in October 2018 and subjecting a woman to “sexual contact without consent” at LAVO Nightclub on the Upper East Side one month earlier.
“The allegations are completely false. No complaint was lodged seven years ago,” said Gooding Jr.’s attorney, Mark Heller.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg
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