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Cuba Gooding Jr., the Oscar-winning actor who was accused of drunkenly groping a lady’s breast in a New York bar Sunday, says he is harmless and can flip himself in to sex-crimes detectives Thursday to be arraigned. 

Nothing occurred, Gooding, 51, declared to a paparazzo on the Los Angeles Worldwide Airport as he ready to board a flight Tuesday evening.

In a video of the interview posted by TMZ, Gooding mentioned he was on the bar, met individuals, took footage with followers however rejected any suggestion he touched somebody inappropriately on goal or by chance. 

“I belief the system, let the method communicate for itself,” Gooding mentioned as he walked into the terminal, interrupted by a fan looking for an image. “There is a tape that exhibits what actually occurred.”

Was there any groping concerned? “No. Nothing.” 

Is he responsible? “No, completely not.”

New York police detectives have been looking for to speak to Gooding since early Monday whereas investigating an accusation of “forcible touching” made by a lady who mentioned she met the actor Sunday evening within the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge on seventh Avenue.

Certainly one of Gooding’s New York legal professionals, Mark J. Heller, informed USA TODAY Wednesday that Gooding has not but met with police, however his authorized staff negotiated an association for him to voluntarily flip himself in to be arrested and arraigned.

Accused celebrities typically search this low-key method to going through authorized expenses to be able to keep away from being picked up, cuffed and perp-walked right into a precinct.  

Heller mentioned Gooding will not discover out till Thursday the exact cost towards him.

The New York Submit and different native media reported {that a} 30-year-old lady informed police {that a} “extremely intoxicated” Gooding grabbed her breast whereas they have been consuming collectively on the bar late Sunday. 

The Submit reported the accuser objected and bought into an argument with Gooding that needed to be damaged up by safety. Gooding was seen on video leaving the membership quickly after and the girl known as 911 hours later round 1 a.m. Monday.

Video of Gooding singing with others on the bar was posted on Instagram however has since been eliminated. 

At LAX, Gooding, who gained an Oscar for finest supporting actor for 1996’s “Jerry Maguire,” appeared calm, affable and a little bit hoarse. He dodged some direct questions on what occurred on the bar and smiled at followers who approached him.

Twice he deflected questions in regards to the groping allegation to reward Jon Stewart, who earlier on Tuesday had choked up whereas testifying earlier than a congressional committee about what he known as Congress”http://www.usatoday.com/”callous indifference” to reauthorizing the fund to help 9/11 first responders – similar to New York firefighters and cops.

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Academy award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is starring within the London revival of musical “Chicago” taking over the function of lawyer Billy Flynn. ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration).
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