Unsurprisingly, Cuba Gooding Jr. and his attorneys would very much like the groping charges against him dropped. According to TMZ, Cuba’s team have filed a motion to have the case against him dismissed, claiming that his accuser suffers from a “warped mental state”. Their “proof” is blog posts allegedly written by the accuser in which she discussed her mental health and talked about her breast size. It seems like a Stretch Armstrong length reach to me, but maybe he’s onto something. Cuba did previously say that he distinctly remembers his accuser telling him Snow Dogs was her favorite film of his on the night of the incident so…
Cuba’s attorneys, Mark Heller and Peter Toumbekis, filed a motion to dismiss that featured several quotes from the accuser discussing her mental health. Cuba’s team says the quotes were taken from a blog — and Cuba himself says he’s seen enough.
He tells TMZ … “After reading and reviewing the motion to dismiss in the interest of justice, I was deeply surprised that the prosecutors office didn’t evaluate this woman’s history before undertaking to prosecute me in light of her warped mental state as revealed by her blog.”
The blog posts, allegedly from the accuser, include lines like, “I got diagnosed with depression, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD and basically learned that my brain was one big fat mass.” Another line reads, “I am quite prideful. I must win.”
Considering just last week Cuba was seen drinking, joking and ranting about the incident in a hotel lobby, I don’t really think he’s really in a position to be judging anybody’s mental health. The last time I checked, Cuba does not have a degree in psychology, nor has he even played someone who does. Maybe he feels his stirring turn in Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is qualification enough. This defense is even more outlandish when you consider this next piece of evidence.
And, perhaps the most damning and relative one says, “[I]n a world of extensions and fake boobs, my short haircut paired with my moderate breast size makes me feel invisible. Some people are scared of others and want nothing more than to be invisible. I am not that type of person. I am starting to be seen.”
Like I said, it’s a reach. And it’s gross. Cuba’s next hearing is on Wednesday and TMZ says that Cuba’s team is hoping that the blog evidence, coupled with “what his lawyers believe are factual inconsistencies” with his accusers story, “a lack of conclusive video evidence” and “an alleged screwup in the way the NYPD investigated the matter”, will be enough to get the case thrown out. If all that’s true, seems like they wouldn’t need to drag his accuser’s subjective blog posts into it. Cuba told TMZ he is “now more than ever hopeful and confident that the justice system will rise to the occasion” but if he really trusted the system, he wouldn’t be trying to play armchair psychologist. But fair is fair. This just means I get to judge Cuba’s mental capacity based on his character in Radio.