Back to 2019, Some good men and Jerry Maguire Cuban actor Gooding Jr. has been accused of forcibly touching a woman at a nightclub last year, leading many other women to accuse him of sexual harassment. Gooding was then charged with three counts and it was revealed today that he officially pleaded guilty to violently kissing the aforementioned woman in 2018.
Along with admitting guilt in this category, Cuba Gooding Jr. apologized publicly to two other women who accused him of similar misconduct. The guilty plea and apology were made as part of a deal, with the actor telling the court (via the Associated Press):
For those who do not watch Cuba Gooding Jr.’s legal problems, the actor was accused of violently kissing an employee at a nightclub in 2018. As part of this objection agreement, Gooding told the judge today that he “kissed the waitress on the lips” This agreement allows him to avoid jail if he continues to advise on “alcohol and behavior modification” for another six months, with the New York Times reporting that he has been receiving treatment since 2019. The Manhattan Attorney’s Office also made it clear that Gooding should not have new arrests.
If these criteria are met, then Cuba Gooding Jr. may withdraw his complaint of misdemeanor and rely on a lesser charge of harassment. However, his legal problems will not end there. More than 20 women have accused the actor of kissing or kissing them violently and these incidents date back two decades. Gooding has specifically faced criminal charges of adultery with three women in 2018 and 2019, and the Manhattan Attorney’s Office asked a judge to admit another 19 women who had similar meetings to serve as witnesses. In addition, Gooding is accused of raping a woman in New York in 2013.
Thus, while a specific chapter of the legal epic of Cuba Gooding Jr. has come to an end, we will continue to hear more updates on this aspect of his life for the foreseeable future. About Gooding’s film and television work, along with the above Some good men and playing Jerry Maguire (the latter won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell), other notable works include As good as it gets, What dreams can come, Men with PRICE, Lee Daniels’ Butler and Selma. Gooding also won recognition in 2016 for his performance as OJ Simpson American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpsonwith an Emmy nomination included among his distinctions, though he was later happy that his time on the show was over.
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