Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing two new lawsuits from women who claimed the Oscar-winning actor groped them in separate incidents in 2018 and 2019.
The civil lawsuits were filed on Wednesday in the New York Supreme Court under the state’s Adult Survivors Act, which expires on November 24.
The law gives plaintiffs a window to file civil claims of sexual offenses that have otherwise been barred by the statute of limitations.
In the 2018 claim, a cocktail waitress working at LAVO restaurant and nightclub in New York accused Gooding of forcing his tongue in her mouth without her consent.
In the 2019 claim, Kelsey Harbert alleged that Gooding groped her breast after she had sat down next to he and his girlfriend at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge.
These cases may sound familiar because I previously reported on them and shared that Cuba Gooding Jr. took a plea deal in these cases to avoid jail time.
During his hearing, Cuba admitted to forcibly touching the plaintiff in the LAVO case and he pleaded guilty to “non-consensual physical contact” in Ms. Harbert’s case.
The plaintiffs, who are being represented by Gloria Allred, are seeing damages for lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, liquidated damages, and attorneys fees.
Gloria Allred said in a statement, “Our clients were deprived of the justice they sought in the criminal case. They are now seeking justice and accountability in their civil cases. We are proud of their courage and intend to vigorously fight for them until they win the justice that they deserve.”
Despite the mounting litigation and allegations against him, Cuba Gooding Jr. is still the life of the party.
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