Last week, we heard that a total of 30 women had accused the ironically surnamed Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual misconduct. The summary of which is that Cuba is allegedly a very grabby man who requires a 4-week intensive class in women’s boundaries and consent (with a focus on appropriate club patron behavior). Now Page Six is reporting that Cuba is now facing a rape accusation.
A woman identified only as Jane Doe has filed a lawsuit against Cuba, in which she accuses him of sexually assaulting her in a Manhattan hotel in August 2013. She claims she met Cuba in the VIP section of a hotel bar, and Cuba asked if she wanted to follow him back to his hotel for drinks. Jane Doe alleges that Cuba then told her to accompany him to his hotel room, so he could change his clothes. When in his room, Jane Doe claims she repeatedly told Cuba she wanted to go downstairs and wait for him at the bar, which he didn’t respond to. Instead, Cuba allegedly put on Mumford & Sons and began undressing. I wish the worst thing about this story was Cuba’s choice in music.
Plaintiff was wearing a halter top dress that evening. Defendant finished taking off his clothes (he was now completely naked) and forcibly and without consent put one hand in her halter top to touch Plaintiff’s breasts and one hand up her dress,” the suit states.
Gooding then allegedly began to grope her while she told him “no” several times, according to the suit. The actor then allegedly raped the woman vaginally and anally, the court papers state.
Jane Doe is seeking an unspecified amount of damages, as well as a jury trial. Cuba is already facing a criminal trial for allegedly groping numerous women at a bar.
Cuba’s attorney Mark Heller released a statement regarding the rape accusation from Jane Doe, and of course, Team Cuba is saying it never happened (while not-subtly implying she waited too long to report it).
“The allegations are completely false. No complaint was lodged seven years ago.”
Cuba’s attorneys have reportedly tried to argue that having small breasts make a woman delusional, and therefore any of Cuba’s small-breasted victims must have imagined any such harassment. If this lawsuit goes forward, I wonder how they’ll be able to put their offensive, victim-blamey spin on this one? “Your honor, it was the summer of 2013. If Cuba was listening to any overplayed Top 40 alternative band, it would have been Bastille. Case closed.”