Cuba Gooding Jr. Back In Court

A smiling Cuba Gooding Jr. waved to reporters as he headed into Manhattan court for another hearing in his alleged bar groping case. Wearing a sleek black suit and sunglasses, Gooding grinned but did not answer any of the questions shouted his way as he strode into court with his lawyer, escorted by an entourage of police. Wednesday's hearing marks his first court appearance since his June 13 arrest and arraignment on charges he grabbed a woman's breast without consent at a rooftop bar near Times Square earlier this month. Gooding's lawyer, who has filed a motion to have the case dropped, argued in court papers this week that security video from the bar contradicts the woman allegations and that witnesses say no crime occurred. Heller is also questioning the accuser's credibility, saying her blog posts are indicative of a "troubled mentality ." Gooding has pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges. He is free on his own recognizance. A conviction could put him behind bars for up to a year.



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