Cuba Gooding Jr. charged with rape in civil lawsuit as he gropes his way to trial

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Cuba Gooding Jr. has been charged with raping a woman twice after bringing her to her room at a Manhattan hotel in 2013, in a lawsuit against the actor on Tuesday.

The new allegations go much deeper than a series of allegations that Mr Gooding subjected women to unwanted sexual touching, three of which form the basis of an upcoming criminal trial. Of the more than 20 charges raised in court documents, none had so far alleged rape.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed by an anonymous woman named Jane Doe, she first met Mr. Gooding at a restaurant in Greenwich Village. He invited her and a friend for a drink at the Mercer Hotel in SoHo. There, Mr. Gooding led the woman to her bedroom on the fifth floor, where he said he needed to change clothes quickly, according to the lawsuit.

When the woman tried to leave the room, according to the lawsuit, Mr. Gooding blocked her exit and eventually pushed her onto the bed and raped her. Subsequently, as the woman tried to escape, Mr. Gooding raped her again, according to the complaint.

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