Actor Cuba Gooding Jr to face trial in groping case

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NEW YORK, Aug 9, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr will
go on trial over accusations he groped a woman in New York after a court
dismissed his plea to have the case thrown out.

Gooding, 51, is accused of grabbing the woman’s breast without her consent
in a Manhattan bar on a night out in June.

The “Jerry Maguire” actor is charged with forcible touching and could face
up to a year in prison if convicted.

Gooding denies the charges and his lawyers applied to have them dismissed,
stating that footage from the bar’s security cameras showed that their client
was innocent.

But on Wednesday New York State criminal court judge Phyllis Chu rejected
their plea, saying that conflicting accounts of what happened could only be
resolved at trial.

“The court finds the defendant has failed to meet his burden of setting
forth compelling reasons to warrant dismissal,” Chu said in a written
decision seen by AFP.

The ruling was first reported on Thursday.

Gooding turned himself in to police on June 13 and was released later that
day without bail.

The trial is scheduled to start on September 3.

Gooding won an Academy Award in 1997 for his performance as a football
player in “Jerry Maguire.”

He recently played OJ Simpson in “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime
Story.”

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