Cuba Gooding Jr. Lifts Up Sarah Paulson's Skirt at PaleyFest, Sparks Online Outrage
By Alex Ungerman
The American Horror Story: Roanoke panel at PaleyFest took an uncomfortable turn.
The stars of the FX anthology series turned out to discuss the upcoming season at the Los Angeles event on Sunday, where they were having a lot of fun together and seemed very playful -- despite one eyebrow-raising exchange between Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson.
At one point Gooding Jr., who also worked with Paulson on FX's The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, grabbed his co-stars' skirt and started to lift it, her hand slapping him away, ET observed.
The action sparked condemnation on social media, with many calling for the 49-year-old actor to apologize to Paulson, 42.
During the panel, the entire cast seemed to be enjoying each other's company, with Paulson laughing and giggling the whole time, ET observed. At one point, Paulson called out Gooding Jr. for not being "perked up" enough, before revealing her co-star binged the entire American Horror Story anthology before appearing on the show.
"I didn't sleep a couple nights. I had panic attacks. I drank way too much," he revealed, explaining that he was pretty freaked out by the binge-watching experience.
ET caught up with Gooding Jr. on the carpet, where he confirmed that shooting the show "was the most horrifying six months of my life."