Cuba Gooding Jr. Charged with Misdemeanor Forcible Touching

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In 2012, a group of women claimed he fondled them in a New Mexico bar, but Gooding Jr. Gooding smiled and waved as he walked into the building. He turned himself into the Manhattan Special Victims Unit earlier on Thursday.

Minutes later he was charged with forcible touching, the NY police department said.

The filing came almost three years after Kapfer filed for legal separation from Gooding in April 2014 citing irreconcilable differences. Gooding denies the allegations.

"Mr. Gooding has not acted inappropriately in any shape or form", Heller told reporters after the arrest. "And I am frankly shocked the prosecutor would consider a case like this".

The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actor has been accused of groping a woman's breast at a bar in NY on Sunday evening. Heller said he was "not particularly concerned" about the second allegation.

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The NYPD has not identified the accuser.

After reviewing the security video, Heller said he was hesitant to let Gooding surrender but chose to go through with it.

Attorneys for Gooding did not immediately respond to requests for comment or confirmation.

"I am highly confident that he will be totally exonerated", Heller said.

In a video posted on, Gooding denied that he had groped anyone.

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Gooding has been charged with one misdemeanor count of forcible touching.

"I know the video, which covered the entire evening, shows absolutely no conduct or any inappropriateness on Cuba's part", he tells PEOPLE. "It is not uncommon for people to come out of the woodwork when these things happen". The unnamed female bartender told police Gooding Jr. stopped by the Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter and soon became angry with other patrons who recognized him and wanted to take pictures with him.

The woman, who has not been identified, alleged that Gooding touched her breasts at the bar on Sunday night, the network said, citing law enforcement sources. There's a tape that shows what really happened.

Videos shared by TMZ showed Gooding at the Magic Hour dancing wildly and singing into a microphone that night.

Gooding won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1997 for his portrayal of an athlete in the film Jerry Maguire.

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