Cuba Gooding Jr. charged with groping woman at NYC club


"I trust the system".

Gooding, 51, is alleged to have groped a woman at the Magic Hour Bar & Lounge in Manhattan on Sunday, with TMZ reporting that the unnamed victim called 911 hours later to report the alleged nonconsensual touching.

NYPD confirms to ET that Cuba Gooding Jr. has been arrested and charged with forcibly touching, which is a misdemeanor.

The leading man's legal team tells ET they reviewed surveillance video on Wednesday from the venue of the alleged offense, and they say it does not show any crime had been committed.

Gooding was set to turn himself in to police for the more recent case, but his lawyer said he's reconsidering after video emerged that allegedly shows he did nothing wrong.

A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment.

His lawyer, Mark Heller, told reporters that his client has "completed the surrender process" and added that he has "never seen a case like this" in his 50 years of practicing law.

The actor told TMZ that he was at the bar partying with friends but didn't touch anyone. "And now I'm giving the process the chance to show what really happened, what went down".

An arrest warrant was issued but the bartender declined to press charges.

Asked about the reported allegation on Monday, NYPD spokesman Detective Martin Brown said, "We don't really have anything official to say about it other than that there's been an allegation and that it is now under investigation".

Previously released video posted on social media shows Gooding at Magic Hour on Sunday night singing the Journey hit "Faithfully" and posing for pictures with fans.

Six years later, he won an Oscar for his role as a professional football player in "Jerry Maguire". He also recently scored an Emmy nomination for his performance as O.J. Simpson on FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson".