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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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If you’re a little bit older and were raised in a conservative church you might have heard or even been present when church officials would force pregnant teenage girls (not boys) to stand in front of the congregation as someone announced to everyone in attendance that this young woman was with child.
It’s a mostly defunct, despicable practice. Or so we thought.
This past year, Shantelle Hicks, who was an 8th grader a the time was subjected to the same treatment but not before the school tried to use her pregnancy as an excuse to expel her. After learning of her pregnancy the administration at Wingate Elementary School, a boarding school for Native American children from kindergarten to eighth grade, in Gallup, New Mexico, forced Hicks to leave the school. But kicking a student out of school because of a pregnancy is illegal. So when Wingate Elementary learned this from the American Civil Liberties Union, they allowed Hicks back into school four days later.
But apparently, they weren’t done with her yet, two weeks after she returned to school, a counselor and the director of the middle school forced Hicks to stand in front of her classmates at a middle school assembly while they announced her pregnancy.
Hicks told local television news station, KOB that she was humiliated.
“It was so embarrassing to have all the other kids staring at me as I walked into the gymnasium. I didn’t want the whole school to know I was pregnant because it’s not their business, and it wasn’t right for my teachers to single me out,” Hicks said.
Precisely. It’s hard to even believe such things are still happening.
While the school’s principal says the allegations are not true, Hicks’ mother Vicky has filed a lawsuit which seeks punitive damages and declaratory relief for violation of constitutional rights to equal protection. They’re also suing for the prohibition of Title IX rights against sex and pregnancy discrimination in education.
Have you ever heard of schools trying to humiliate pregnant students?
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IT WAS SEMEN!
Sorry, I couldn’t contain my disgust any longer, and I don’t like to put it all out there in the title for suspense effects…
According to the folks at The Huffington Post–via the good people at the Associated Press–an Albuquerque man working at Sunflower Market admitted to putting his “man juice” (as Bossip likes to say) in samples of yogurt he was handing out, as well as on a spoon he was offering a sample with. According to the Huff Post, in January, he approached a female customer with the yogurt, and she did indeed eat some of it (ewwww). Tasting that something was off with her sample, the customer proceeded to spit the yogurt out on the floor, and wiped her mouth with her clothing. After police took a sample of her spit off of the floor and the clothing she used to wipe her mouth, it was confirmed that there was semen in the food sample. On Thursday, the man, Anthony Garcia, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of adulterating food and making false statements to investigators. Homeboy has been in custody since his arrest in July, and faces up to three years in prison.
Better think twice before you reach out for those free food samples at your favorite grocery stores. Never again!