Cuba Gooding Jr. Settles Rape Lawsuit Moments Before Start of Trial

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Cuba Gooding Jr. has settled a civil lawsuit with a woman who alleged he raped her at a New York City hotel in 2013.

An announcement of the settlement came Tuesday morning, moments before jury selection was supposed to start in Manhattan federal court.

The case was on the docket for a 10 a.m. start time. At 10:24 a.m., a note was submitted to the court saying “the parties have resolved the matter,” according to the New York Post.

The woman had been seeking $6 million in damages in the lawsuit. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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The accuser sued Gooding in 2020, alleging he raped her twice at the Mercer Hotel on the night of Aug. 24, 2013.

According to the lawsuit, the woman said she met the actor at a nearby restaurant, and he invited her to his hotel for drinks.

She said he later asked her to come to his room so he could change clothes. According to the lawsuit, Gooding removed his clothes, blocked the door, and pushed the woman onto the bed and assaulted her, despite her cries of “no.”

Gooding, 55, insisted through lawyers that his encounter with the woman was consensual.

In October 2022, he took a no-jail plea deal in a forcible touching case in New York City.

Prosecutors accused him of squeezing a woman’s breast at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge near Times Square, and said he pinched another woman’s buttocks at Manhattan nightclub TAO on Oct. 24, 2018.

Gooding initially denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanor counts. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he forcibly kissed a woman in 2018.

In addition to the two New York accusers, the prosecution said 12 other women were ready to testify that the actor groped or touched them in other alleged incidents in New York, California, Texas and New Mexico between 2001 and 2018.

The actor won an Oscar for his role in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire.