Someone needs to tell Cuba Gooding Jr. that he stopped playing O.J. Simpson back in 2016. Because right now, he’s acting like he’s riding around in a white Bronco, playing get-away from the police. Cuba was reportedly going to turn himself in yesterday after police were searching for him in connection with an incident at a Manhattan club on Sunday night in which he allegedly groped a woman. But Cuba has changed his mind about that.
Cuba was accused of getting Cuba-levels of drunk and grabbing a woman’s breast at a club, which turned into a messy argument that was broken up by security. The woman called police, but Cuba left before police showed up. They searched the area, but no Cuba. The latest news came yesterday, when TMZ reported that, after evading police for four days, Cuba was planning on turning himself into the NYPD today. Cuba was going to surrender and get booked on a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching. It didn’t seem like Cuba was too worried. Photographers caught up with Cuba as he was arriving at LAX on Tuesday night for NYC, and he said:
“I trust the system. Let the process speak for itself. There’s a tape that shows what really happened. That’s the most important thing…You have to have faith in what people say.”
He added that nothing happened, that he was simply at the club having a good time, taking pictures with people, and that was that. So it should have been nothing for him to casually swing by the precinct before skipping off to brunch for some bottomless mimosas.
But a few hours later, Cuba’s lawyer Mark Heller – who has been known to represent totally normal, law-abiding citizens – spoke to TMZ to inform them that Cuba should be doing no such thing. Mark Heller claims he’s seen the footage taken during Sunday night’s alleged incident, and that it shows “absolutely no criminality” on Cuba’s part.
Mark Heller says he’s tried to get a hold of the Manhattan D.A.’s sex crimes unit to tell them about his evidence discovery, but they haven’t called him back. Maybe that’s because they’re too busy investigating a second woman that claims Cuba groped her. According to Page Six, a woman came forward after reading about Cuba’s alleged tit-grab in the club last Sunday with her own story. She reportedly told police that Cuba grabbed her butt at a restaurant in Manhattan ten years ago. Mark Heller spoke to Page Six, saying that this complaint hasn’t been brought to his attention. He also reportedly wished the woman a sarcastic “good luck to her” before noting the statute of limitations.
But back to Cuba’s current plan. According to Mark, it’s currently “up in the air” as to whether Cuba will turn himself in today. Based on all the recent stories about how Cuba allegedly acts when he’s out on the town, you know what else should be up in the air? Cuba’s hands the second he’s within arms length away from a woman.
UPDATE: In a shocking turn of events, Cuba actually made good (not a pun, I swear) on that original plan to turn himself into the police today. TMZ says that Cuba arrived at the Manhattan Special Victim’s Unit this afternoon. Law enforcement sources say that Cuba was charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching.