Once again, it’s taking every bone in my body to keep from making a “Cuba Gooding Jr? More like Cuba Bad-ing Jr” joke. Because Cuba Gooding Jr. is back in the news, and of course there isn’t anything good about it. 30 women have accused Cuba of varying degrees of sexual misconduct and assault. And to make this reality even worse (in 2020, are we surprised?), Cuba’s lawyer has accused his accusers of being “delusional,” due to them allegedly having small breasts.
Last year, a woman accused Cuba of groping her at a nightclub in Manhattan. Cuba eventually turned himself in and pleaded not guilty. When Cuba showed up to court in October, he was surprised to learn he was also facing another unrelated groping charge. And then more groping allegations. And more groping allegations. And of course, he pleaded not guilty to six charges. And then after that, seven more women accused Cuba of having zero respect for boundaries and consent.
Yesterday, Cuba showed up in court to discuss the charges and his impending groping trial. Prosecution and defense were there to discuss whether defense attorneys were allowed to question a victim before the trial regarding past comments they made on breast size. We’ll get to all of that in a second. The point here right now is there may be even more women to talk to. via CNN:
Gooding faces three counts of forcible touching and three counts of sex abuse to the third degree in separate incidents involving three different women in New York. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies any wrongdoing.
Manhattan prosecutors in Cuba Gooding Jr.’s groping case said in court Thursday that more women have come forward with accusations of unwanted touching by the Oscar-winning actor, bringing the total number of women to come forward to 30.
Cuba’s lawyer Peter Toumbekis doesn’t think anyone needs to worry about how much time they’re going to spend in court. There’s security video footage of Cuba’s allegedly groping his victim, and his lawyer believes it shows nothing but the need to declare that Cuba is innocent, and everyone can go home.
“We believe that the video unequivocally will show that Cuba committed absolutely no crime and we expect this case to be dismissed in one day,” Toumbekis said.
Cuba didn’t speak to reporters waiting outside the Manhattan court, but he did make a statement with his face mask, which acknowledged the Black Lives Matter movement. That “broken clock” thing really is true, huh.
Cuba Gooding Jr. wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask to court https://t.co/WzagSTVtUP
— CTV News (@CTVNews) August 13, 2020
Ok, back to that victim-blaming bullshit from above. TMZ is reporting that Cuba’s legal strategy right now is leaning heavily on blog posts that were previously made by one of his alleged victims. Cuba brought out the blog defense last year when he was trying to get his case dismissed. His lawyers claimed that his accuser had blogged about her mental health, which is just about the most shamelessly, most dog whistle-y-est way of saying, “You can’t believe her, she’s nuts!” I ever heard. His victim also blogged about feeling “invisible,” due to her small boobs. According to Peter Toumbekis, small boobs make a woman delusional, and no I’m not kidding.
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s lawyer is making what sounds like, on its face, an odd argument in his sexual assault case – claiming women with small breasts tend to be delusional.
The actor and his legal team appeared in a Manhattan courthouse Thursday for a preliminary hearing in his trial, and things took a strange turn when one of his attorneys argued a woman’s negative feelings about her breasts can directly affect her perceptions of reality…specifically when it comes to sexual assault.
TMZ points out that Cuba’s lawyers might want to rethink that theory during the trial, as many jury members would probably perceive it as victim shaming or offensive. But if Cuba’s team does trot out that plan, he better be prepared for a judge to shoot it down immediately. All boobs are small when they’re in close proximity to the biggest boob there is (Cuba).