Cuba Gooding Jr. Denies Sexual Assault Accusation Made By Comedian Claudia Oshry
Last week Cuba Gooding Jr. was arrested and charged with forcible touching, stemming from an June 9 incident at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in New York City when a woman accused the actor of grabbing her breast. On June 11, Comedian Claudia Oshry, came forward to report that she also had an uncomfortable run-in with the actor at a Manhattan night club in 2008.
Oshry went into more detail during her Morning Toast podcast on June 12, and discussed the details of what happened between her and the Oscar-winning actor 10 years ago, when she was just 16-years-old. Oshry rose to fame for her blog, Girl With No Job.
“At the end of the day, like, I don’t know if I’ve ever considered myself to be, like, a victim of sexual assault because I’m not. There are people who are real victims that I would never compare myself to them,” she said. “But yes, when I was in high school — I was f——g 16 years old — Cuba Gooding Jr. put his finger up my butt, and I felt wild. Like, I felt— I don’t even know what the right word is. And now, it’s just become, like, a part of who I am. It’s a part of my story.”
Oshry said she didn’t report the alleged incident to the police when it happened because she was underage and didn’t want to get in trouble for partying in a nightclub.
On Monday, Gooding’s lawyer Mark Heller denied the allegation according to E! News, stating this his client had no knowledge of the event. “Cuba says this incident never happened and he has no recollection of this individual either,” Heller said.
During the podcast segment Oshry said she regularly uses the incident in her Dirty Jeans comedy routine.
“You want to put your finger up my butt without my consent? Fine. But I’m going to use it for all that it’s worth. It’s become, like, this really funny bit in my story.”
Oshry says that since coming forward different women have shared similar accounts they had with the actor and praises the woman who came forward on June 9.
“At the end of the day, when I tell people this at my meet-and-greets and just anyone who’s ever come to my show, there’s, like, at least once every show, someone who comes up to me, they’re like, ‘Oh my God! Me and my friends were at a club and the same thing happened to me’ or ‘the same thing happened to my friend,'” she said. “This is not the first time that I’ve heard, but this is the first time I’ve heard that police are involved,” she said.
“Good on this girl,” Oshry said. “Because ow many f—–g people is he going to grope before one of them calls the police? Mine was 10 years ago!”
Last year, Oshry faced controversy after Twitter users found old anti-Muslim tweets on her account, according to Page Six. Oshry later apologized saying that she wrote the tweets when she was a teenager.
“I was 16, and I thought I was being funny and cool on Twitter,” she said in a video. “I’m not racist. I can’t believe I have to say that. I’m so sorry to anyone who read those tweets and had a reaction … That’s not who I am.”