NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba Gooding Jr. will go on trial in February in his New York Metropolis groping case, a decide mentioned Monday, with prosecutors planning to painting the actor as a serial offender and the protection contending the case is an instance of #MeToo run amok.
Choose Curtis Farber set a Feb. 1 trial date within the case, which includes allegations the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star violated three completely different ladies at three completely different Manhattan evening spots in 2018 and 2019.
One of many ladies alleged Gooding pinched her buttocks. One other mentioned he squeezed her breast.
Farber had expressed a want to begin the trial sooner, presumably in December, however Gooding lawyer Peter Toumbekis mentioned he’ll be tied up with trials within the Bronx then.
“I need to lock this down for trial,” Farber mentioned at a listening to in state courtroom in Manhattan. “This case has been on my calendar for 2 years, occurring three years.”
“If I offer you a agency date, I don’t need to hear that the case within the Bronx didn’t go and the decide adjourned it to February,” the exasperated decide mentioned. “That’s not going to fly with me.”
Gooding had been scheduled to go on trial in April 2020, however that was scuttled as coronavirus instances surged in New York and the state shut down most courtroom issues.