Harassment lawsuit against Cuba Gooding Jr.: He escapes prison sentence despite guilty plea

Several women had raised allegations of harassment against US actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Harassment lawsuit against Cuba Gooding Jr.: He escapes prison sentence despite guilty plea

Several women had raised allegations of harassment against US actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (54). The 54-year-old finally pleaded guilty to one charge in court in April. He admitted to "kissing a waitress on the lips" at a New York nightclub in 2018 without consent. He also admitted to having groped women in two other cases. It has now been revealed that his case is closed after fulfilling the terms of the agreement reached in April.

According to the AP news agency, prosecutor Coleen Balbert said Thursday (October 13) that the actor had been on alcohol and behavioral therapy for six months and was behaving normally. With that, the case was closed. He faces no additional penalties and has no criminal record. If he had violated the conditions, he would have faced up to a year in prison.

When pleading guilty in April, Gooding Jr. said, "I apologize that anyone felt inappropriately affected," as the New York Times reported at the time. The trial was about the fact that he is said to have sexually harassed three different women in different nightspots in New York between 2018 and 2019.

In June 2019, the actor turned himself in to the police over the allegations. A woman previously told police that Gooding Jr. touched her in a bar without her consent. A few months later he was indicted on two more counts. Other women had come forward with allegations that he was also said to have touched and molested them. The Hollywood star was also accused of rape. The actor had initially denied all allegations.

Cuba Gooding Jr. made his breakthrough in Hollywood in the early 1990s. In 1997 he won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in the film "Jerry Maguire: Game of Life".

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