The Oscar-winning actor has been indicted by a New York grand jury, Yahoo Entertainment confirms, as prosecutors announce new charges filed. Assistant D.A. Jenna Long "stated in substance that the charges in the indictment cover the existing incident, as well as a new, previously uncharged incident."
Justin Henry, a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney's office, declined to comment further or specify the nature of the second incident. As a result, Gooding's trial — which was set to begin Thursday — has been postponed and a new arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 15. The indictment and the charges will not be unsealed until the actor's Supreme Court arraignment.
Gooding was already charged with third-degree misdemeanor sexual abuse and forcible touching stemming from the June incident. The forcible touching charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail. He has pleaded not guilty.
Wearing a black suit with a white pocket square, the 51-year-old actor appeared in court Thursday where he remained quiet, according to The Daily Beast. The revelation he was being hit with new charges reportedly "garnered murmurs throughout the courtroom." Prosecutors asked Judge Marisol Martinez Alonso to delay the jury selection because of the new allegations.
A 29-year-old woman, who has not been identified, claimed she was sexually assaulted at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Times Square on June 9. The accuser told authorities the actor was "heavily intoxicated," so she offered him a cup of water. According to the criminal complaint, the woman said the actor then placed his hand on her breast without her consent and squeezed. They reportedly got into an "argument" and she left the bar and immediately called 911. Although Gooding was not at the bar when police arrived, The People v. O.J. Simpson star voluntarily turned himself into authorities. The actor has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
After Gooding’s arrest, police were reportedly investigating a second groping allegation from a woman who claimed the incident happened in 2008. An attorney for the actor told the New York Daily News his client had no recollection of the alleged incident. New York has a 5-year statute of limitations for such assaults, so it's unclear if this has anything to do with the new charges brought against Gooding.
Cuba Gooding Jr. out and about
Cuba Gooding Jr. out and about
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the New York Police Department's Special Victim's Unit, Thursday, June 13, 2019 to face allegations he groped a woman at a city night spot. A 29-year-old woman told police the 51-year-old Gooding grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. Gooding denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 29: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the New York premiere of "Rocketman" at Alice Tully Hall on May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends Special Red Carpet Screening Of Ron Howard's Documentary "Pavarotti" at iPic Theater on May 28, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Cuba Gooding Jr. (L) and Rickey Edwards attend Cuba Gooding Jr. & Anna Rothschild Host Marble Downtown at Marble Downtown on May 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Grand Opening of Marble Downtown hosted by Cuba Gooding Jr. & Anna Rothschild at Marble Downtown on May 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends 'Ain't No Mo' opening night at The Public Theater on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the 'Second Act' World Premiere at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 9: Cuba Gooding Jr and Dj Khaled attend Nicole & DJ Khaled's Birthday Celebration With Haute Living And Roger Dubuis at Perez Art Museum Miami on December 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Max Tsai (L) and Cuba Gooding Jr attend the "Roma" New York screening at DGA Theater on November 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Evan Harrington, Raena White, Producer Fran Weissler, Bianca Marroquin, Cuba Gooding Jr, Amra-Faye Wright and R. Lowe pose backstage at a celebration for The 22nd Anniversary of the musical "Chicago" on Broadway at The Ambassador Theatre on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the opening of CMX CineBistro with special screenings of 'Blackkklansman', 'City Lights' and 'Pretty Baby' at CMX CineBistro on November 7, 2018 in New York City (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Cuba Gooding Jr. returns to Broadway in "Chicago" on October 9, 2018 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor/director Cuba Gooding Jr.visits SiriusXM Studios on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor/director Cuba Gooding Jr. visits Sway's at SiriusXM Studios on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 2018 New Members Party at Top of the Rock's 620 Loft & Garden on October 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Cuba Gooding Jr. visits Build Series to discuss his role as a director and actor for his new film "Bayou Caviar" at Build Studio on October 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)