The New York Daily News is reporting that Cuba Gooding Jr. continues to rack up sexual misconduct allegations, and seven more women were added to his case. Based solely on what month this is happening in, this is like Cuba’s own personal version of the 12 Days of Christmas. On the seventh day of Christmas, the Manhattan criminal justice system gave to me….seven more allegations, six invoices to my lawyers, fiiiiive hundred more hours in courrrrrt. Okay I don’t know about the last two, but we do know for sure that there are seven more women, which brings the total number of accusers to 22.
NYDN says that prosecutors introduced the newest allegations in a legal motion filed last month and brought them up in court yesterday. None of the women are named, but here are some of their stories.
One woman alleges that she met Cuba at a Sundance Film Festival event in 2009. She claims he harassed her, then sexually assaulted her. She claims that at one point, Cuba got mad at her for not drinking, and asked, “Aren’t you a picky bitch?” She obviously wasn’t charmed by the star of Snow Dogs, and she left the event. An “agitated” Cuba allegedly followed her to her car, and tried to forcibly kiss her in a secluded hallway. The woman alleges he pushed his hand into her crotch with such force that he ripped a hole in her tights. The woman claims she had to bite his cheek to get away from him.
Another woman claims that Cuba slid his hand down the back of her pants at a restaurant in Georgia in 2011. When the woman pulled back (and allegedly made it very clear she was not interested), Cuba told her, “I know you want to be an actress. I can ruin you.”
One woman accused Cuba of grabbing her breast from behind at a 2005 film event in Los Angeles. The woman claims she snapped, “Excuse me?” before trying to duck off into a bathroom, to which Cuba allegedly attempted to follow her inside (she claims she pushed him out).
What might be the grossest of the stories is one woman who claimed that Cuba “forcefully” grabbed her crotch area at a Malibu restaurant in August 2016. He allegedly told her, “You are peeing on me tonight.”
Cuba has repeatedly plead not guilty to the charges brought against him. Based on that pattern established by Cuba, it’s probably safe to say he’s going to plead not guilty to these newest allegations. After all, he’s already got his lawyer Mark Heller calling the newest accusers liars. via the NYDN:
“Unfortunately, people come out of the woodwork, making false allegations against Cuba, as often times happens when a celebrity is accused by the district attorney’s office in a public forum.” The claims “are so ancient and outdated and lacking in details” that Gooding will have a hard time rebutting them, Heller said.
“The district attorney’s office’s motive motive in introducing these inflammatory, uncharged allegations is not for any probative value, but to merely gain an advantage against the defendant [Gooding] and prejudice the jury against the defendant.”
I hate to tell Mark Heller this, but – as a woman – I honestly don’t know what circumstances would make a woman make up a story about Cuba Gooding Jr. informing them with 100% certainty that they would be peeing on him that evening. The only reason to make up that kind of story would be if they were writing some kind of Beauty and the Beast-ian fan fiction in which Cuba had been magically transformed into a talking pregnancy test.