The Oscar winner did not respond or defend himself against a woman who says he raped her in New York in 2013. There are three other lawsuits by women against him for episodes that occurred between 2018 and 2019.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. could face millions of dollars in damages after failing to respond to a 2013 lawsuit alleging rape of a woman in New York.
U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty issued a preliminary ruling against Gooding on Thursday, saying he was deliberately ignoring the lawsuit by the Oscar-winning actor for "Jerry Maguire." To wait any longer would be an injustice to the accuser.
Under the law, Gooding, 53, is guilty of failing to respond to or defend a lawsuit, Judge Crotty said.
Thus, the magistrate granted Gooding until September 7 to take part in the case. After that, he said, he would decide on damages.
The plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, alleges that Gooding abused her without protection after meeting her in a VIP lounge in the Greenwich Village neighborhood and using it as an excuse. Kar took him to his hotel room.
The woman is seeking $ 6 million in damages. No lawyer was named in the federal court's file. However, a message was left for his lawyer in his criminal case in New York.
Attorney Mark Heller, who represents Gooding in the criminal case, said the alleged facts in the case "never occurred" and suggested that the plaintiff was looking for a way to enjoy the publicity and notoriety of the case. ۔
Citing the case law, Crotty said in his order Thursday that he would invite both parties to discuss damages in court before Gooding owes anything.
The plaintiff initially filed a lawsuit against the actor in August 2020. The case was dropped due to a technical glitch and reopened in March. Crotty said in his order that court documents were received on April 22 and did not respond to an earlier date of May 13.
In the criminal case, prosecuted in New York State Court, Gooding is charged with abusing three different women at three Manhattan nightspots in 2018 and 2019. Another said she had a lump in her breast.
Gadding has pleaded not guilty. At the hearing on October 18, a trial date will be set.