Oscar-winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr. will turn himself in to police over allegations he groped a woman at a Manhattan nightspot.
The “Jerry Maguire” actor is expected to face a charge stemming from an alleged incident over the weekend at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge.
His lawyer, Mark Heller confirmed that Cuba will surrender on Thursday to the NYPD special victims unit that’s leading the investigation before going to court for an arraignment.
The 29-year-old woman told cops the actor grabbed her breast while they were socializing around 9 p.m. at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge on 7th Avenue in Midtown, Page Six reported.
The woman said Gooding was “highly intoxicated” and that, after the alleged grab, she got into an argument with him that had to be broken up by security.
The 51-year-old has denied the allegations. He told TMZ that he was at the bar partying with friends but didn’t touch anyone.
“I trust the system and will let the process speak for itself,” Gooding said. There’s a tape that shows what really happened and that’s the most important thing — let’s not take away from that.”
In an interview with The Daily Mail, lawyer Mark Heller said he a watched surveillance video that shows his client’s interactions with the 29-year-old woman at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge and it shows Gooding did nothing wrong.
Heller said he’s reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to discuss the video evidence.
“We’re not sure if he’s going to turn himself in,” Heller said. “If he hasn’t committed any crime, there’s no reason for him to turn himself in. The video captures the whole evening and it shows he did nothing wrong. They can’t arrest someone who did nothing wrong.”
Heller said the video shows Gooding doesn’t touch the woman’s breast, hug her or do anything inappropriate. He did note that the video merely shows the woman handing him a glass of water.
However, an NYPD source said police also watched the video and that it supports the woman’s contention.
“I saw the video and there’s no doubt he touches her breast,” the source said. “We’re not going against the victim. The video corroborates what she said.”
“It’s a quick thing,” he said of the alleged groping. “He’s drunk, he’s all over her. He puts his hands on her lap then touches her breast.”
“You don’t notice a reaction immediately,” the source noted, but said the woman did call 911 to report the incident.