It’s unfortunate when an actor who disappears from the scene only pops back up because of drama. Yes, Cuba Gooding, Jr. is currently staring in the Tuskegee Airmen film, Red Tails, but the media is more concerned with the tails he was allegedly grabbing at Maloney’s Tavern in Albuquerque, New Mexico earlier this month.
Here’s the account from one of the victims who gave the rundown to Jezebel.com:
“Cuba Gooding, Jr. came into Maloney’s Pub in Albuquerque on March 1st, and the bar was fairly crowded at the time. No one seemed to notice or realize who he was when he first entered, and he inappropriately touched [Sara] and she immediately dismissed him. Someone then recognized him and swarms of people started crowding around him to take pictures. Sara and I took a picture with him, and he attempted to grab her breasts in the process. Later on the night, he came up to me, grabbed my face, and kissed my cheek. He asked where I was staying and told me I would be staying with him tonight, making lewd comments about his plans to sleep with me that night. He mentioned that he is happily married with three kids, but ‘not tonight.’ He also said I was ‘probably like 12’ years old (I am actually 23 years old). I also witnessed him inappropriately touching a friend of mine, [Meagan], which caused her to be extremely upset. Another woman in the bar gave him a lap dance and when a man tried to take a picture, Gooding grabbed the phone, threatening to ‘break it in half,’ and followed him to the bathroom, where he apparently punched him.”
Sara added to the story with a similar account of that night, saying:
“The sexual harassment occurred when women would be taking pictures with him; he would grab butt cheeks during the picture taking and when women reacted negatively to that, he would proceed to either touch women’s breasts or tell them that he ‘loved them.’ He told me that he loved me because his wife’s name is also Sara. Classy.”
In the days of smartphones of course we don’t just have to take these girls’ word for it, they have photo proof of Cuba’s inappropriateness, like him reaching to grab one girl’s breast “as well as pictures of my friend jumping on his back in anger after he twisted her nipples.” I don’t know if these pictures would hold up in court if they went that route, but at the very least, Cuba looks heavily intoxicated and in the mood for groping.
Cuba’s rep said she hasn’t been able to get in touch with the actor to address these allegations because he’s currently filming, but lucky for him these ladies don’t plan on pressing any formal charges. Sara said their only reason for coming forward was to “warn the general public about [Gooding’s] disgusting creepiness.”
Duly noted. What do you think? Are these girls telling the truth?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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