Prosecutors on Tuesday accused Cuba Gooding, Jr., of a long-standing pattern of approaching unfamiliar women in bars and kissing, pinching, biting or groping them.
Gooding appeared in court in Manhattan for an arraignment on four misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and third degree sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty, and is due back in court on Dec. 13.
Gooding had previously been charged with grabbing a woman’s breast at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar on June 9. Last week, a grand jury indicted the actor on two charges in connection with that incident, in addition to two charges related to a second incident, in which he allegedly pinched a woman’s butt at the TAO nightclub on Oct. 24, 2018.
Prosecutors said they also intended to call another 12 women to testify in support of the charges. The so-called “Molineux” witnesses allege that Gooding groped them, bit their shoulders or grinded against them in incidents dating back to 2001.
“Defendant’s past behavior shows that he routinely approaches women while at bars or nightclubs with whom he has limited or no prior interaction, and touches them inappropriately,” wrote assistant district attorney Jenna Long.
Long argued that the witnesses could demonstrate that Gooding’s conduct is not innocent or accidental, but rather part of a well established pattern of non-consensual touching.
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)
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One witness alleged that she was introduced to Gooding at a party at the Shore Bar in Santa Monica. After some discussion, he asked her to lean in so he could tell her something. He then grabbed her buttocks and her breast and forcibly kissed her, according to the prosecution’s motion.
Another woman said she encountered Gooding at Cafe Havana in Malibu, where he allegedly reached under her skirt and touched her vagina over her underwear. A year later, the woman saw Gooding at the Shore Bar, where she punched him in the neck or chest and yelled at him about the incident.
Another alleged that Gooding approached her from behind at Chi in Hollywood in 2006, and bit her shoulder. She turned around and asked if he had bitten her shoulder, and he shrugged. She turned around, and he did it again. She said he then started to pull her shirt up and thrust himself against her leg, and was stopped when a companion pulled him away.