Cuba Gooding Jr. Charged With Forcibly Touching Alleged Victim
By Scott Baumgartner
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NYPD confirms to ET that Cuba Gooding Jr. has been arrested and charged with forcible touching, which is a misdemeanor. He turned himself into the Manhattan Special Victims Unit earlier on Thursday.
The leading man's legal team tells ET they reviewed surveillance video on Wednesday from the venue of the alleged offense, and they say it does not show any crime had been committed.
On Wednesday, ET learned that the 51-year-old actor maintains his innocence but planned to surrender on Thursday. He was processed at a precinct in East Harlem before being transported to an arraignment center, according to multiple sources. According to arraignment documents, Gooding Jr. was released without bail afterward.
The docs also include complaint language, which states: "I am informed by an individual known to the District Attorney's office that she observed the defendant place his hand on her breast and squeeze. I am further informed by this individual that she did not consent to the defendant touching her breast."
"Cuba is very respectful of the process and we are going to follow the protocol of the process," Gooding's attorney, Peter Toumbekis, previously told ET. "He's comfortable to have faith and trust in the process."
"He is holding up OK," Toumbekis continued. "He's a man of faith and he also has a great faith in [how] the system works. His background has always been one to support the troops, law enforcement, and he will respect this process."
Following his release, Gooding Jr. took to Instagram to share a snapshot of the New York skyline, which the actor captioned, "Son of this City ... never forget that."