Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will now be facing more allegations of sexual abuse, as a newly unsealed indictment revealed Tuesday.
According to Deadline, outside of his groping incident, he is now accused of forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse in a matter from last year. Based on indictment paperwork submitted to Judge Curtis Farber by Deputy District Attorney Jenna Long, the newly unveiled incident is said to have occurred at TAO Downtown at around 4:24 AM on October 24, 2018.
The new forcible touch and third-degree sexual abuse charge come with maximum prison times of a year and three months, similar to that of the other charges he faces.
Gooding turned himself in to police on Tuesday for booking just before his arraignment hearing as rumors spread of claims from up to a dozen women being brought forward.
Those rumors, however, held a little weight as the office of D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. introduced 12 uncharged acts as examples of alleged misconduct by Gooding. Reports say the incidents range from 2001 at the W Hotel in LA to 2018 at Santa Monica’s Shore Bar with claims of inappropriate behavior in NYC, Dallas and Albuquerque, among others.
“The People respectfully request that the Court allow all of the above Molineux evidence on the People’s direct case as evidence of the defendant’s intent and the lack of absence or mistake, with an appropriate limiting instruction to the jury,” Deputy D.A. Long declared, according to PEOPLE. “Defendant’s past behavior shows that he routinely approaches women while at bars or nightclubs with whom he has had limited or no prior interaction, and touches them inappropriately.”
Arguing the attempted introduction of the uncharged acts, Gooding’s lawyer Mark Heller called the whole matter “a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent commonplace gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive,” while in court.
His attorney also asked the judge to separate the charges into two trials so his client can address the initial claims in a timely manner. As of now, the judge has not issued a ruling on the defense lawyer’s request and has yet to set a trial date for Gooding.