News & Opinion | August 19, 2020 10:57 am

Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused of Rape in New Lawsuit

The suit marks the latest sexual misconduct allegation against the actor

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The suit marks the latest in a series of accusations against the actor.
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A new lawsuit against Cuba Gooding Jr., who is currently facing a criminal trial stemming from multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, accuses the actor of raping a woman in a Soho hotel in 2013, Page Six reports.

Filed under the pseudonym Jane Doe, the lawsuit claims Gooding attacked the woman in his room at the Mercer Hotel after they met in the VIP section of a Greenwich Village lounge in August of that year.

After leaving the lounge for the hotel, Gooding reportedly invited the woman upstairs to his room so he could change clothes, according to court papers. The actor then began to undress while the woman reportedly tried to tell him she wanted to leave.

“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.

The suit alleges Gooding then continued to grope the woman before raping her vaginally and anally. The plaintiff is reportedly seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

The actor is currently facing six misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching after allegations raised by three separate accusers.

Last summer, Gooding was accused of groping a woman at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Midtown. In October, three more women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.

Gooding’s attorney, Mark Heller, has denied the recent rape allegations. “The allegations are completely false,” he said. “No complaint was lodged seven years ago.”

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