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By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail. Cuba Gooding Jr's attorney tried to defend the actor by comparing the charges against his client to allegations against Joe Biden for inappropriately touching a female politician. Six reported that defense lawyer Mark Jay Heller told Manhattan Supreme Court: 'This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman's shoulder. During Tuesday's court appearance Gooding Jr was arraigned on four misdemeanor counts of sex abuse and forcible touching. Prosecutors also shared 12 new allegations against him which date back to She said the former vice president and current presidential candidate made her feel 'uneasy, gross, and confused' when he grabbed her by the shoulders from behind and kissed her hair at a campaign event.
Heller, Gooding's lawyer, claimed the case against his client is an example of the MeToo movement run amok and that overzealous prosecutors are looking to turn "commonplace gestures" into crimes. The incidents range from to and all involve allegations of Gooding inappropriately touching women at bars, hotels or restaurants.
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Gooding is not charged with the allegations from the 12 other women, but a state law allows prosecutors to ask a judge to introduce their s before a jury "to demonstrate that the defendant's conduct is not accidental" and may be "part of a 'common scheme or plan,'" according to court filings.
Chrome Safari Continue. The woman said she hadn't talked to Gooding prior to that. Cuba Gooding Jr. Prosecutors outlined the s of the additional accusers in court documents Tuesday.
A new grand jury indictment charges Gooding with forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse in the June 9 incident and with the same counts in an incident dating back to October 24, Gooding allegedly pinched another woman's buttocks without her consent at a downtown Manhattan nightclub. In another incident at a Los Angeles bar inanother woman who didn't know Gooding said he grabbed her by the arm as she walked to the bathroom, reached inside her blouse, squeezed her bare breast and told her a sexual maneuver that he wanted her to perform.
Prosecutors allege in court documents the women's s show Gooding "routinely approaches women while at bars or nightclubs with whom he has had limited or no prior interaction and touches them inappropriately.
Cuba gooding jr's lawyer compares charges of sex abuse and forcible touching against his client to 'handsy' joe biden - and says the charges are a 'distorted overreaction' as the actor ple not guilty
In seeking to have other accusers testify, prosecutors appear to be echoing the strategy Philadelphia-area prosecutors used last year in convicting Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial and that Manhattan prosecutors are preparing to use in their prosecution of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. A judge will determine in December whether the women's testimony is admissible, after the defense has filed a formal response, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
Prosecutors said he made a sexually suggestive remark to the woman earlier in the evening.
The defense claimed there are two witnesses who said the incident never happened. Gooding's trial had ly been scheduled to begin this month. Be the first to know.
Gooding has pleaded not guilty. In one of the incidents described by prosecutors, at the W Hotel in Los Angeles ina woman said Gooding approached her from behind, rubbed his groin and pelvis against her buttocks and then grabbed her buttocks and breast with her hand. The year-old "Jerry Maguire" actor was already charged in one of the two incidents, when he was accused of groping a woman's breast at a New York City bar June 9.
They include an alleged incident at a Hollywood bar in which Gooding is accused of approaching a woman with whom he had no prior interaction, biting her on her shoulder, thrusting against her and attempting to lift up her shirt.
They also claimed that a bar video backs up that claim.
The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated. One accuser confronted Gooding over his alleged behavior, punching him in the neck or chest and yelling at him when she happened to see him months after he allegedly reached under her skirt and touched her genitals through her undergarments without consent at a Malibu, California bar.
The new criminal allegation, Heller said, is the result of a failed shakedown attempt in which the accuser approached Gooding for a confidential settlement after his arrest and then went to the authorities only after he refused to pay up.