Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads guilty to forcible touching
Cuba Gooding Jr. had been accused of violating three different women at various Manhattan night spots in 2018 and 2019.
Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of forcibly touching a woman at a New York nightclub in 2018, as part of an agreement with prosecutors that spares the Oscar-winning actor any immediate jail time.
The guilty plea, in which Gooding also admitted in court to subjecting two other women to “non-consensual physical contact” in 2018 and 2019, came three years after he was arrested, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Under the plea agreement, if 54-year-old Cuba Gooding Jr. continues to undergo court-ordered counselling for six months, he can withdraw his misdemeanor plea and plead guilty to a lesser violation of harassment.
If he fails to comply, he faces up to one year in jail.
The actor had been accused of violating three different women at various Manhattan night spots in 2018 and 2019.
He pleaded guilty to the most serious count charging him with forcibly kissing a woman at a nightclub in September 2018, a district attorney spokesperson said.
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“I apologize for ever making anybody feel inappropriately touched,” the New York Times quoted Gooding as saying in court when entering his guilty plea.
A representative and a lawyer for the actor could not immediately be reached for comment.