Cuba Gooding, Jr. indicted on new charges by grand jury in New York City

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Cuba Gooding, Jr. indicted on new charges by grand jury in New York City
Rob Nelson has more on the new charges against actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.

MIDTOWN, Manhattan -- Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. learned on Thursday that he's facing a new undisclosed charge in his sexual misconduct case, a development that came as jury selection was set to begin for his trial in New York City.

At a court hearing in Manhattan, Assistant District Attorney Jenna Long revealed the charge is contained in a sealed indictment.

She told a judge that the indictment covers previous allegations as well as a "previously uncharged incident," which will remain sealed until Gooding is due back in court on Tuesday, October 15.

Gooding was previously accused of groping a woman at a rooftop bar near Times Square back in June.

A criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in Manhattan accused Gooding of placing his hand on a 29-year-old woman's breast and squeezing it without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square on June 9.

The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated, and the 51-year-old "Jerry Maguire" star was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police.

He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and was released on his own recognizance after about six hours in police custody.

A judge in August rejected his request to have the case thrown out.

Gooding's legal team claims there is surveillance video that will exonerate him, but the judge ruled that the conflicting accounts should be resolved at a trial.

He could face up to a year in prison if convicted.

The actor left court Thursday without speaking to reporters.