A judge is setting the date for actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s trial on sex abuse charges.
It’s now set for February 1st. The 53-year-old Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor is accused of groping a women.
According to ABC News, the star violated three different women at three different Manhattan night spots in 2018 and 2019.
Judge Curtis Farber said Monday, prosecutors plan to portray the actor as a serial offender and the defense contending the case is an example of #MeToo run amok.
One of the women alleged Gooding pinched her buttocks. Another said he squeezed her breast.
Gooding was arrested in June 2019 after a 29-year-old woman told police he squeezed her breast without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square.
R. Kelly found guilty of nine counts of sex trafficking and one count of racketeering.
A few months later, Gooding was charged in two additional incidents as more women came forward to accuse him of abuse.
The actor has pleaded not guilty to sex abuse and forcible touching charges.
The defense has argued that overzealous prosecutors, caught up in the fervor of the #MeToo movement, are trying to turn “commonplace gestures” or misunderstandings into crimes.
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