Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. reaches plea agreement in sex crime case

Fox News reported this week that Hollywood actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has pleaded guilty to a sex crime charge. 

According to the network, Gooding reached a plea agreement with Manhattan prosecutors on Wednesday under which he admitted to one count of misdemeanor forcible touching.

Gooding will have no criminal record if he abides by the agreement

In exchange for the guilty plea, Gooding was given no jail time and will be left with no criminal record provided that he continues to receive therapy for six months and has no other legal trouble.

The issue stemmed from an incident in September 2018 during which Gooding kissed a woman without her consent at New York City’s LAVO Nightclub.

Gooding, who was originally faced with six charges, also issued an apology to two other women he touched without their consent.

Prosecutors said that he squeezed a woman’s breast at the Moxy Hotel in 2019 and pinched a waitress at TAO Downtown the previous year. What’s more, they had planned to call 19 other women who claimed to have been abused by Gooding as witnesses.

Frank Rothman serves as the star’s attorney and he welcomed the outcome, saying, “This never should have gone this far.”

“This was the appropriate resolution that should have been reached years ago,” Rothman continued, adding that his client has since undergone treatment for alcohol abuse and done charity work.

The woman sued Gooding for rape

For her part, Assistant District Attorney Coleen Balbert is reported to have told Justice Curtis Farber that the agreement was reached in part to spare victims from having to appear in court.

Fox News noted that although Gooding’s arrest came in the summer of 2019, his legal proceedings were repeatedly delayed due to the COVID pandemic.

Reuters reported last year that a woman sued Gooding for allegedly raping her twice in 2013 at a New York City hotel. She stated that the sexual assault occurred after Gooding brought her up to his room and said he needed to change his clothes.

The news service announced this past January that attorneys for Gooding had asked a federal judge to dismiss the $6,000,000 civil suit.

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