On Wednesday, Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching after he was accused of touching a woman at a New York City nightclub back in 2018. Several women have come out and spoke against the actor over the past few years, as they accused him of inappropriately touching them. However, Wednesday’s guilty plea was just for one of the allegations.
According to the Associated Press, Cuba’s guilty plea comes almost three years after he was arrested in the case, which was delayed as his legal team worked to get the charges dismissed or reduced. Between 2018 and 2019, three different women accused him of violating them while they were at locations in Manhattan.
Cuba admitted to the judge that he “kissed the waitress on her lips” without her permission while at LAVO nightclub in New York.
He reached a plea deal, which will keep him from serving time behind bars. If he continues to follow through with his counseling for the next six months, he will be able to withdraw the misdemeanor plea and plead guilty to a lesser violation of harassment.
As previously reported, Cuba was accused of an incident that occurred in June 2019 at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar in the Moxy NYC Times Square hotel. He was accused of placing his hand on a woman’s breast and then squeezing without her consent. That October, the trial for that incident was delayed as he was hit with an additional charge.
The two other incidents, which took place in 2018, occurred at TAO Downtown, and LAVO nightclub.
The judge did rule that if the case did go to trial, prosecutors had the right to call in two additional women to testify against Cuba. The women would have been among the 19 women who have accused Cuba, which prosecutors were seeking to have as witnesses.
In the past, Cuba has maintained his innocence, as he previously pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanor counts.
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