Cuba Gooding Jr. Expected to Surrender to NYPD After Allegedly Groping Woman

Brenda Watkins
June 13, 2019

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. intends to turn himself in to New York City police after a woman accused him of groping her at a Manhattan bar over the weekend, NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing Gooding's representative.

The actor told TMZ on Tuesday night that he plans to turn himself into the NYPD telling the gossip outlet: "I trust the system".

Page Six reported on Monday that Gooding, 51, was at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Midtown Manhattan around 9 p.m. when the alleged incident occurred.

Another employee called 911 and told Gooding leave, and as he left, he pushed the bartender again, police said.

The woman in the alleged incident told police she was with friends when she was confronted by a male patron whom she described as Gooding Jr., according to the law enforcement source. "And now I'm giving the process the chance to show what really happened, what went down".

Gooding will surrender to the NYPD special victims unit that's leading the investigation before going to court for an arraignment, Heller said.

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The woman claimed Gooding Jr. was "highly intoxicated" and the pair had to be separated by security following the grab.

A social media video shows the actor singing and interacting with fans earlier in the evening prior to the alleged incident.

Gooding, a Bronx native, rose to fame after starring in Boyz N the Hood in 1991.

Gooding best known for his role in Jerry Maguire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997.

Gooding was nominated for an Emmy Award a year ago for playing O.J. Simpson in the series The People v. O.J. Simpson and recently appeared on Broadway and London's West End as lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago.

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