actor Cuba Gooding Jr. You could face millions of dollars in damages after you fail to respond to a lawsuit alleging rape a woman in New York in 2013.
Federal District Judge Paul Crotty released default judgment against Gooding on Thursday, saying it sounded like a winning actor Oscar to film jerry maguire, where they starred together Tom CruiseHe was “deliberately ignoring the trial” and that it would be unfair for his accuser to wait any longer.
Judge Crotty said that the fact under the law Gooding, now 53 years old, Failure to respond or defend a claim constituted – far from presumption of innocence – acceptance of responsibility.
second time. 1997: Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for her role in “Jerry Maguire.” photo clarin archive
Now the tolerant judge of his country gave it to Gooding 7 september To decide to testify in the case that put him in the dock. After that, he said, he would decide on damages.
What does the applicant request
plaintiff, recognized only by generic name in court documents Jane DoeIt was claimed at the time, a few years ago, that Gooding raped her without protection after meeting in a room VIP In New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood and under false pretenses, “lured” him into his hotel room.
The woman will now be in search of financial compensation six million dollars in damages. At the time of demand by Federal Justice of the United States, no lawyer This was at the behest of the actor, as files against Gooding continued to be filed in a federal courtroom.
handcuffs. 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 alleged facts in the trial “never happened” and suggested that the plaintiff was “looking for some glory in order to enjoy the publicity and notoriety of the Cuba Gooding Jr. case.”
Citing case law, US District Judge Paul Crotty implied in his order on Thursday that He will “invite” – almost amicably – both parties to discuss the loss in court before deciding what to do with Gooding, who apparently continues with his life as if nothing. happened.
Cuba, back for 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 an early May 13 deadline, Judge Crotty found in his order.
In the criminal case, tried in state court in New York, Gooding is actually accused of misbehaving with three women Separated in three Manhattan nightspots 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 pleaded not guilty. The date of hearing will be fixed in the hearing to be held on October 18.
Source: AP Agency