The actor Cuba Gooding Jr. you could have to pay millions of dollars in damages after failing to respond to a lawsuit accusing you of rape a woman in New York in 2013.
Federal District Judge Paul Crotty issued a default judgment against Gooding on Thursday, saying it looked like the actor who won a Oscar for the movie Jerry Maguire, where he acted alongside Tom Cruise, “he was deliberately ignoring the lawsuit” and that waiting any longer would be unfair to his accuser.
Judge Crotty said that, under the law, the fact that Gooding, now 53 years old, Failure to respond to or defend against the claim constituted – far from the presumption of innocence – an admission of responsibility.
Other times. 1997: Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Oscar for his role in “Jerry Maguire.” Photo Clarín Archive
Now, the tolerant Justice of his country gave Gooding up to the September 7th to decide to testify in the case that brought him to the dock. After that, he said, he will decide on damages.
What the applicant requests
The plaintiff, identified in court documents only by the generic name of Jane Doeclaimed at the time, a few years ago, that Gooding raped her without protection after meeting her in a room VIP in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood and “luring” her into her hotel room under false pretenses.
The woman would now be seeking financial compensation close to the six million dollars in damages. At the time of the requisition by the Federal Justice of the United States, no lawyer It was at the actor’s orders, just as the file against Gooding continued to be filed in a federal court drawer.
Handcuffed. Cuba Gooding Jr., in criminal court in June 2019. AP Photo
But there is a defense attorney named Mark Heller, who represents Gooding in the criminal case. Heller said that the facts alleged in the lawsuit “never took place” and suggested that the plaintiff “was looking for some glory to enjoy the publicity and notoriety of the Cuba Gooding Jr. case.”
Citing case law, Federal District Judge Paul Crotty implied in his order Thursday that It will “invite” -almost cordially- both parties to discuss the damages in court before deciding what to do with Gooding who, apparently, continues with his life as if nothing had happened.
Cuba, back for the Court, in August 2020. Photo Reuters
The accuser originally sued the actor in August 2020. The case was dismissed and reopened in March due to a technical problem. Gooding received court documents on April 22 and did not respond to the initial May 13 deadline, Judge Crotty found in his injunction.
In the criminal case, prosecuted in state court in New York, Gooding is actually accused of abusing three women different in three nightspots in Manhattan between 2018 and 2019. One of the women reported that Gooding “pinched her buttocks” and another testified in court that she said he pinched her breast.
Gooding has pleaded not guilty. At a hearing scheduled for October 18, the trial date would be set.
Source: AP Agency