A U.S. judge on Thursday declared Cuba Gooding Jr. responsible in a civil lawsuit brought by a woman who accused the Oscar-winning actor of raping her twice in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, after Gooding failed to responded to charges in court.
U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan rendered a default judgment on Gooding’s liability to the plaintiff, known as Jane Doe, without considering the merits of his charges.
“The defendant has completely failed to engage in this matter,” making his default “voluntary,” Crotty said.
Gooding, 53, will have the opportunity to argue that Doe deserves less than the $ 6 million she asked for in her complaint last August, including pain and suffering as well as punitive damages. Crotty ordered him to deal with the case by September 7.
Representatives for Gooding did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
” Sir. Gooding has not responded to our client’s serious allegations, ”Doe’s lawyer Gloria Allred said in a statement. “We are looking forward to the hearing. “
Gooding won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for “Jerry Maguire” and played OJ Simpson in the 2016 television miniseries “The People v. OJ Simpson ”.
He also pleaded not guilty in 2019 in another Manhattan court to unwanted touching of three women in separate incidents.
Doe said she met Gooding at a restaurant and lounge in Greenwich Village, where he invited her and a friend for drinks at the nearby Mercer Hotel in SoHo.
She said Gooding then invited her up to her room, saying he needed to change clothes quickly, but pushed her onto a bed and raped her, then raped her again as she tried to flee. Doe said she had said “no” to Gooding on several occasions.
When Doe filed his complaint, Mark Jay Heller, an attorney for Gooding, called his accusations bogus. Heller did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.