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Cuba Gooding Jr. to Turn Himself in to NYPD for Allegedly Groping a Woman at a Bar – The Root

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Cuba Gooding Jr., best remembered of late for portraying and partying like O.J. Simpson, will surrender to the NYPD on Thursday, following allegations that he groped a woman over the weekend.

NBC News reports Gooding’s rep confirmed the actor will be turning himself in to the department’s sex crimes unit less than a week after the incident.

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According to Page Six, Gooding is accused of grabbing a woman’s breast at around 9 p.m. Sunday at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan. The two had been socializing and drinking; sources told the outlet Gooding was “highly intoxicated” at the time. The two got into an argument after the woman objected to being touched by Gooding, which led to security being called. Gooding left soon after the incident; the woman called 911 a few hours later.

Gooding has drawn concern in the past for his hard partying. As USA Today notes, the Oscar-winning actor was criticized on social media for lifting up the skirt of American Crime Story co-star Sarah Paulson on stage at PaleyFest in March 2017. A few months prior, images of Gooding partying hard in Miami splashed across Al Gore’s internet, with witnesses at the time telling Page Six he was “a mess” and “beyond frisky with girls.”

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