Cuba Gooding Jr. has been taken to court in handcuffs to be charged with one count of forcible touching for allegedly groping a woman’s breast at a New York nightclub on Sunday.
The 51-year-old actor arrived back in New York City on Thursday morning after denying that he had done anything wrong.
He was seen arriving at the Special Victims Unit in the early afternoon, smiling as he entered the building with his lawyer.
Police then took him to court where he is expected to enter a not guilty plea.
Gooding has been arrested on one count of forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
His first accuser told cops that at a party at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, the star grabbed her breast when she brought him a glass of water because he was so drunk.
A second woman has since reported him to the police for allegedly grabbing her buttocks at Butter, a different nightspot, on a different occasion.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is led out of the NYPD Special Victims Unit in handcuffs to be taken to court on a single count of forcible touching on Thursday
The actor wore a slight smile as he was led out of the building by detectives
Gooding Jr., 51, arrived back in New York on Thursday. He went to California earlier in the week after the alleged incident
Gooding Jr. appeared in high spirits as he left the police department on Thursday to go to court
Gooding Jr. is shown with his hands in cuffs being put in a police car on Thursday
The actor and his lawyer have both spoken out to insist he is innocent.
‘I trust the system and the process,’ a confident Gooding Jr. told TMZ before boarding a flight in California to get back to the east coast on Wednesday night.
‘There’s a tape that shows what really happens and that’s all.
‘I was at a club, I left, I met a bunch of people, I took pictures and… you have to have faith in what people say.’
When asked if he was guilty of the allegations, Gooding Jr. reiterated that he was ‘absolutely not’.
His lawyer later told DailyMail.com: ‘We’re not sure if he’s going to turn himself in.
‘If he hasn’t committed any crime, there’s no reason for him to turn himself in.
The video captures the whole evening and it shows he did nothing wrong. They can’t arrest someone who did nothing wrong.’
Gooding Jr. waved at reporters as he made his way into the building on Thursday. He insists he is innocent
Sources previously told DailyMail.com he grabbed the woman’s breasts after she handed him a glass of water because he was so drunk.
Gooding Jr. has three children with his ex-wife. It is unclear if he is single now.
In videos shared on social media of Gooding Jr. partying on Saturday, he was seen in high-spirits sipping cocktails and singing for the crowd.
He posed with fans for photos and took videos with some who also shared them on Instagram.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is pictured at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge on Sunday, hours before being reported to police for allegedly groping a woman’s breast
Gooding Jr. burst into song later in the evening and was filmed belting out for the crowd at the bar
The actor is shown posing for a selfie with a fan. It is unclear who the woman who reported him to the NYPD is, and there is no suggestion it is the woman pictured here
The intoxicated actor was filmed puckering up to the woman’s phone during a selfie video. He has not commented on the allegations
In some videos, he was filmed belting out the words to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing.
The actor was married to his ex-wife Sara for 20 years before she filed for separation in 2014.
Over the last five years, they have tried to settle the divorce but it remains unclear if it has been finalized.
They cited irreconcilable differences in paperwork as the reason for the split.
Gooding Jr. and his ex-wife Sara were married for 22 years but he filed for divorce in 2017, three years after she filed for separation