Gooding will plead not guilty to the charges in
Manhattan Supreme Court, his lawyer Mark Heller said on
Wednesday. The charges are not yet public, and a spokeswoman for
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to provide
Heller said on Wednesday that the charges stemming from the
third accuser were "similar" to those involving the other two
women, and that all the charges are misdemeanors.
"Each accuser is totally fraudulent," Heller said, adding that
there was video of all three alleged incidents exonerating his
Gooding, 51, won a best supporting actor Oscar in 1997 for the
film "Jerry Maguire" and is known for roles in movies including
"A Few Good Men" and "The Butler" and in the television
miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson."
He was previously charged with one count of forcible touching
and one count of sexual abuse in connection with each of the
first two accusers. He pleaded not guilty on Oct. 15.
Prosecutors said at the time that they hoped to establish a
pattern of behavior at Gooding's trial using testimony from 12
additional women who have said they were subjected to unwanted
touching and advances by the actor in bars and clubs.
It was not clear whether the accuser behind the new charges is
one of those women.
Gooding, who is divorced, is one of dozens of men in politics,
entertainment, sports and the business world who have been
accused of sexual misconduct since allegations against movie
producer Harvey Weinstein triggered the global #MeToo movement.
Weinstein is scheduled to stand trial in New York in January on
charges of rape and assault involving two women. He has denied
any non-consensual sex.
(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; editing by Jane
[© 2019 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2019 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thompson Reuters is solely responsible for this content.