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NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba Gooding Jr. was arrested Thursday and charged with forcible touching after a woman accused him of groping her at a New York City night spot.
Gooding, 51, was charged after turning himself in to investigators in the New York Police Department’s special victims division. He remained in police custody and was expected to be arraigned later in the day.
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Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, said security video from Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge showed no criminality on his part and will exonerate him.
“There is not the slightest scintilla of inappropriate conduct on his part,” Heller said.
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A 29-year-old woman told police the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday.
Gooding denies the allegations.
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After reviewing the security video, Heller said he was hesitant to let Gooding surrender but decided to go through with it. He said he was surprised police and prosecutors were moving forward with the case.
The lawyer also disputed allegations in media reports from a second woman said to have come forward in recent days and told police that Gooding grabbed her buttocks at a New York City restaurant in 2008.
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“There is no pattern of conduct,” Heller said. “It is not uncommon for people to come out of the woodwork when these things happen.”
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