Cuba Gooding Jr. Denies Groping Claim But Turns Himself In to NYPD


Gooding's lawyer, Mark Heller, told the Associated Press that video from the bar showed his client did not commit a crime and "there is not the slightest scintilla of inappropriate conduct on his part".

Following the reports that Cuba Gooding Jr. had groped a woman's breast at a bar in Manhattan over the weekend, the decorated actor has now been arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching.

According to police, Gooding, 51, touched a woman without her consent on Sunday night in Midtown Manhattan.

Heller said he doubted the accuser would show up at court hearings and suggested prosecutors should charge her with perjury if she testified in court and her allegations were contradicted by video.

"I trust the system, and the process speaks for itself", Cuba stated.

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Actor Cuba Gooding Jr walks the red carpet for the showing of "The Five-Year Engagement" which opened the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in NY. But it certainly doesn't help Gooding's case with the alleged Magic Hour groping incident, which was reported to police on June 9. In that case, a bartender said the actor was agitated with customers who wanted photos with him and that he pushed her when she asked him to leave.

Police sources that spoke to TMZ said the woman brought Cuba a cup of water while he was in the middle of karaoke and partying because she assumed he was drunk.

Video posted on social media show Gooding at Magic Hour on Sunday night singing the Journey hit "Faithfully" and posing for pictures with fans.

Gooding, a native of New York's Bronx borough, rose to fame after starring in Boyz N the Hood in 1991. He says there is video evidence to support his claim that nothing happened. His signature line, "Show me the money", became a popular catchphrase.