Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s trial will get underway for a 2nd time, but district prosecutors notified the court Thursday morning they have actually prosecuted the Hollywood actor with a new charge.
Assistant D.A. Jenna Long said that the charges in this indictment cover the existing occurrence along with a brand-new previously uncharged occurrence.
Gooding is set to be arraigned once again on Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The indictment is under seal and will likely only be exposed at the arraignment.
The actor came inside the courtroom for the case, which only took a couple of minutes. He was looking severe and kept his direct but didn’t seem as positive as he was for previous hearings. He was wearing a black fit and tie.
Cuba Gooding’s attorney Mark Heller informed Fox News on Thursday that district attorneys had “no case to begin with” and the relocate to indict him is just “dragging and proroguing the process.” He points out that none of “7 interviews” that the district attorney’s workplace has actually performed have actually triggered their case. Nevertheless, Heller acknowledges he has “no idea” what this brand-new occurrence is about.
He states his customer is “not delighted about this, but he is positive in the system” and Gooding “feels this will all be solved.”
Gooding had actually up until now been accused of 2 counts of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the 3rd degree after an alleged searching occurrence at a bar in New York City in June.
A 29- year-old lady states he positioned his hand on her breast, squeezing it without her approval, at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar Lounge near Times Square. He was apparently intoxicated at the time.
The 51- year-old was apprehended four days later after turning himself in to cops. He pleaded innocent to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and was launched on his own recognizance.
Gooding later on requested to have his case tossed out, but he was turned down.
The defense had submitted documents saying the misdemeanor forcible touching case need to be dismissed based upon accounts of 2 witnesses who state it never took place, and that video from the bar backs up that claim. The filed files argued that given that there was clear evidence that no criminal activity was devoted, it was required to throw out the case to secure the stability of the criminal justice system.
Gooding confronts a year in prison if convicted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.