EXCLUSIVE: Cuba Gooding Jr. Says He Meant 'No Disrespect' When He Lifted Up Sarah Paulson's Skirt

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Cuba Gooding Jr. responds to the "Twitter noise" he caused when he lifted up his The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story co-star Sarah Paulson's skirt during a panel at the 4th Annual PaleyFest last month.

While at the 8th Annual FX All-Star bowling party on Thursday, the 49-year-old actor was quick to clarify his actions when chatting with ET, calling his American Crime Story co-stars "a family."

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"I see Sarah Paulson as my sister," he said. "I noticed there was some Twitter noise about a picture of her and I, but there is no disrespect. I love her like I do my daughter and other powerful women in my life."

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Continuing to praise the 42-year-old actress, Gooding Jr. addressed the rumors that she is being considered to take on the role of Princess Diana in Ryan Murphy's upcoming season of Feud. "She would be a wonderful Princess Diana, absolutely," the Oscar winner gushed. "She's got a magnetism about it ...and a grace that enables us to get lost in that grace and find her character's truth. She's the top of the game for actresses in this country."

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Gooding Jr. is also set to star in Murphy's Katrina: American Crime Story, along with Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Annette Bening. The 49-year-old actor admitted that he does feel a "pressure of excellence" following the success of the first American Crime Story, where he portrayed O.J. Simpson.

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"That's what makes great work. You just have to let go and let God," he explained. "We're in great hands with Ryan Murphy and Nina Jacobson and Brad [Falchuk]. They are great captains of the ship and I'm sure we'll be in good hands with this series."

Gooding Jr. added, "If O.J. was a 200-foot yacht, Katrina is going to be a cruise liner in terms of production and special [effects] and statements and emotion."

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Reporting by David Batista.