Friday, June 14, 2019

Surveillance video shows Cuba Gooding Jr touch his accuser on her thigh

Surveillance video from a New York City bar shows Cuba Gooding Jr touching the thigh of a woman who had him arrested for allegedly groping her.

The video, which surfaced on Thursday, shows the Jerry Maguire star at the Magic Hour Rooftop Lounge in midtown Manhattan with his girlfriend, Claudine De Niro, at around 10.15pm on Sunday.

The two are seen sitting on a couch when the accuser takes a seat next to De Niro.

Almost immediately, Gooding reaches across De Niro’s body and places his hand on the accuser’s left thigh.

Moments later, Gooding runs his right hand up the woman’s torso and appears to touch her breast.

The woman appears to then grab Gooding’s hand. Gooding then appears to pull the woman’s hand toward his mouth and kisses it.

The surveillance footage surfaced hours after Gooding made an initial court appearance in Manhattan on Thursday where he was seen smiling.

The video footage shows that seconds later, another man walks over and stands in front of Gooding, De Niro, and the accuser.

The man appears to make a lewd gesture by thrusting his hips forward in a repeated motion as if to simulate a sex act.

As the man continues to draw attention to his groin region, Gooding and De Niro appear to playfully reach out.

Several other people then join the group and they all walk away after a few minutes of chatting.

A second video clip taken from surveillance footage from that same night shows Gooding and De Niro making out in a downstairs lounge.