Cuba Gooding Jr. flashed a large smile as he left court docket in New York on Thursday after being launched from police custody.
The Jerry Maguire star, 51, was arraigned and charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse within the third diploma. He pleaded not responsible to each.
When questioned by reporters, Gooding didn’t touch upon the allegations introduced towards him, however as a substitute despatched effectively needs to Boston Crimson Sox star David Ortiz, who was not too long ago shot within the Dominican Republic, the Internet reported.
“Get well, Big Papi,” Gooding stated of Ortiz, utilizing his well-known nickname.
He then instructed reporters, “It’s been a long day” earlier than getting in his automotive, in response to the Internet.
Gooding turned himself in to the New York Police Division on Thursday, following allegations that he groped a lady at a rooftop bar in Manhattan over the weekend.
Based on the New York Instances, a lady instructed police that the actor touched her breasts on the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge on seventh Avenue in Manhattan.
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The lady stated Gooding was “highly intoxicated” and defined that they received into an argument after he inappropriately touched her and she or he resisted, in response to Web page Six.
Their altercation needed to be damaged up by the venue’s safety, in response to the outlet.
Movies shared by TMZ confirmed Gooding on the Magic Hour dancing wildly and singing right into a microphone that night time.
Witnesses on the membership instructed Web page Six that Gooding was in a joyful temper and was socializing with different membership goers.
“He was super good … and with everyone,” the witness instructed the outlet.
He was additionally seen on surveillance cameras leaving the membership later within the night time, in response to Web page Six.
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A regulation enforcement official instructed the Instances that investigators discovered safety digicam footage that allegedly verified the girl’s allegations.
The lady is a New York College pupil, the Instances stories.
Gooding’s lawyer Mark J. Heller says he has seen surveillance footage of the “entire event” and “there was not a drop of criminal conduct or inappropriate activity on his part.”
“I know the video, which covered the entire evening, shows absolutely no conduct or any inappropriateness on Cuba’s part,” he tells PEOPLE. “And I am frankly shocked the prosecutor would consider a case like this.”
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Heller says he plans to “vigorously defend” the Boyz n the Hood actor.
“I have known Cuba for almost 30 years and his conduct towards women is always respectful,” he says. “He respects women and he would never engage in that type of activity.”
In a video posted by TMZ, Gooding denied any inappropriate conduct and stated he trusts the authorized system.
“I trust the system, let the process speak for itself,” he stated. “There’s a tape that shows what really happened.”