Cuba Gooding Jr. lawsuit from bartender over alleged 2018 groping incident in NYC membership takes flip
Cuba Gooding Jr. lawsuit from bartender over alleged 2018 groping incident in NYC nightclub takes new flip
Cuba Gooding Jr. is on the middle of authorized hassle over an incident that occurred greater than two years in the past in a New York Metropolis nightclub.
A bartender named Natasha Ashworth is suing the 53-year-old actor, claiming he ‘pinched’ her rear finish with out consent on the Tao Downtown Nightclub, Web page Six reported Wednesday.
The star of films together with Boyz n the Hood, Jerry Maguire and A Few Good Males vowed he wouldn’t return to the institution after she rejected his advances, Ashworth mentioned in court docket docs filed in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.
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Ashworth mentioned in court docket docs that Gooding requested her if she wished to listen to a joke that was sexual in nature and after she declined, he recited the joke anyway.
She mentioned as her work shift was winding down round 4:20 a.m., he approached her and used ‘his proper hand reached to pinch [her] on her proper buttocks.’
Ashworth mentioned she instructed the actor, ‘Don’t contact my butt’ to which she responded, ‘Aw, that’s no enjoyable … and I didn’t, I touched your again.’
After unsuccessful makes an attempt to the touch her once more, a promoter on the membership instructed him to go away the institution, to which he ‘pushed the promoter out of his manner and approached a supervisor,’ Ashworth mentioned.
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Ashworth mentioned Gooding instructed her, ‘You don’t have to fret, as a result of I’m by no means coming again right here once more.’
Ashworth initially filed the civil go well with for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional misery in opposition to the Oscar-winning actor in October 2019.
The New York Metropolis native didn’t rent an legal professional to assign to the lawsuit and by no means responded to the court docket, in line with the outlet, main her to request a default judgment within the case.
Peter Scoolidge, who’s representing Ashworth within the case, instructed the court docket that he served Gooding with the lawsuit on January 22, 2020.
Scoolidge instructed the court docket that ‘neither defendant nor his attorneys have appeared, served a solution or moved with respect to the grievance herein’ in shifting for the default judgment.’
Mark Heller, who works as a felony protection legal professional for the Outbreak actor, instructed the outlet that the lawsuit ‘is completely baseless’ and that ‘there isn’t a substance to the allegations.’
He beforehand instructed the paper that ‘it’s rumored [Ashworth] is an aspiring actress’ who he assumed was ‘in search of notoriety’ by going public in her declare in opposition to the Hollywood star.
‘We welcome this baseless civil declare as a validation that the inspiration for her felony accusation and this civil grievance is a cash seize from Cuba, who beforehand declined to be shaken down by this particular person,’ mentioned Heller.
The lawyer added that video of the incident ‘clearly and unequivocally demonstrates that Mr. Gooding dedicated no felony act and definitely didn’t pinch her butt.’
Gooding, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by no less than 30 girls lately, has denied the entire accusations.
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