Cuba Gooding Jr will go to trial accused of “dead hand”, women denounce him for undue touching

The trial against actor Cuba Gooding Jr, accused of touching three women in different incidents in 2018 and 2019 in various locations in Manhattan, will begin on February 1, according to a New York judge ruled on Monday in a hearing of the judicial process.

"This case has been on my calendar for two years, and it’s been going on for three. This is a firm date for the trial"said Judge Curtis Farber during the hearing, according to New York media.

Gooding, who faces minor offenses of forceful touching and sexual abuse, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, despite the cloudy day.

The Oscar-winning performer, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested for the first time in June 2019 after touching the breast of a 30-year-old woman at the Moxy Hotel in Times Square, although he was later released on bail.

In addition, he is accused of pinching the butt of a waitress at the New York restaurant TAO Downtown Natasha Ashworth in October 2018 and of "sexual contact without consent" at the LAVO nightclub, also in the Big Apple.

According to the indictment, this type of behavior by Gooding was common, and they say they have testimonies from a dozen more women who have been victims of unwanted touching, and although most of those incidents occurred outside of New York state, the judge he has asked to hear from some of those witnesses.

If convicted of the most serious charge, that of sexual abuse, he faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

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In a parallel case, Gooding was indicted in civil court for rape by an anonymous whistleblower, a case for which he is seeking compensation of $ 6 million and is still in process.

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