Cuba Gooding Junior was reprimanded by the judge in a Manhattan court appearence on Wednesday for arriving late, a new report from Page Six has revealed. The actor stood before the judge to finalize a trial date for groping a woman at a bar last year.
However, before the case kicked off, Judge Curtis Farber called out the A Few Good Men actor for showing up more than 30 minutes late. The 52-year-old Jerry Maguire star appeared in court at 10:02 am wearing a black suit, in addition to a red scarf and black tie.
The Judge reportedly said to him that it was supposed to begin at 9:30 am. His attorney and Cuba apologized, explaining that they were caught up in traffic. The judge ordered them to leave much earlier next time.
As it was previously reported, Gooding is facing several very serious charges, including sexual abuse as well as forcible touching related to an incident on a rooftop bar back in June of last year. The woman accused Cuba of touching her breast at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge.
If Cuba is convicted of the crimes, he could serve one year in prison. Farber ruled that the case will begin on the 21st of April – just a few months away. As followers of the case know, Cuba has been accused of varying levels of sexual misconduct from at least 21 other women.
Reportedly, much of Cuba’s behavior has been at popular nightlife spots. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that two of the supposed victims can testify about the actor’s behavior, a move that’s intended to illustrate Gooding Junor’s inappropriate behavioral patterns.
Furthermore, the actor was accused by one woman of pinching her buttocks at Tao Downtown nightclub. He also tried to kiss another woman at the Upper East Side hotspot, LAVO. Thus far, Cuba has been charged in three cases.
Coincidentally, Cuba Gooding Junior’s trial is coming around the same time as the trial of Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of using his position in Hollywood to sexually abuse women for decades.