Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will not go to jail for “force-kissing nightclub employee.”

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has resolved his violent touch case in New York City with a guilty plea to a lesser charge and no jail time after meeting the terms of a conditional settlement reached in April.

Rosecutor Coleen Balbert said Gooding stayed out of trouble and underwent alcohol and behavior modification counseling for six months, which allowed him to retract his misdemeanor and plead guilty to a harassment injury.

Ms Balbert said she had received “positive reports for the last six months” from Gooding’s therapist. The actor is continuing treatment beyond the time required by his plea agreement, Ms Balbert said.

Gooding, 54, faces no additional penalties and by replacing his misdemeanor plea with a noncriminal violation plea, he will have no criminal record. If Gooding had failed to honor the terms of the deal, he could have faced up to a year in prison.


Actor Cuba Gooding Jr will not be arrested (Yuki Iwamura/AP)

Gooding pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in April for forcibly kissing a worker at a New York nightclub in 2018. That was just one of dozens of allegations of inappropriate behavior by the Oscar winner that have come to light in recent years.

Some of Gooding’s accusers have criticized what they saw as light punishment for the Jerry Maguire star, and some are moving forward with civil lawsuits against him.

Gooding “saw minimal impact” while his victims dealt with the aftermath of his actions, the nightclub worker said in a victim impact statement read by Ms Balbert in the court file.

Arrested in 2019, Gooding was among a number of Hollywood heavyweights accused of wrongdoing in the #MeToo movement.

Gooding’s case has lasted more than three years, prolonged by court delays related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gooding was arrested in June 2019 after a 29-year-old woman told police he petted her without her consent at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square. This incident was not the one in his guilty plea.

A few months later, prosecutors accused Gooding of pinching a waitress after she made a sexually suggestive remark to her at TAO Downtown and pleaded guilty to forcibly kissing a waitress at LAVO New York in Manhattan.

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Both incidents are believed to have happened in 2018.

Gooding admitted at an April hearing that he “kissed the waitress on the lips without consent,” and when explaining his actions during Thursday’s harassment pleading, Judge Curtis Farber said, “I kissed a waitress, Your Honor.”

The waitress said in her victim statement that Gooding unexpectedly forced his tongue into her mouth while serving drinks. She said she was aware of incidents involving Gooding and three other women at the club.

Gooding had previously pleaded not guilty to six counts of misconduct and denied all allegations of wrongdoing. His lawyers argued that in the fervor of #MeToo, overzealous prosecutors were trying to turn “everyday gestures” or misunderstandings into crimes.

Judge Curtis Farber previously ruled that if Gooding’s case had gone to trial, prosecutors could have called two other women to testify about their claims that Gooding had also hurt them. Prosecutors say the judge later reversed that decision, prompting them to seek a plea deal.

In addition to the criminal case, Gooding is charged in a court case with raping a woman in New York City in 2013. After a judge issued a default judgment in July for Gooding’s failure to respond to the lawsuit, the actor hired an attorney and is fighting allegations. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will not go to jail for “force-kissing nightclub employee.”

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