Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is accused of raping a woman twice in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, according to a lawsuit that escalates the severity of the growing number of claims against him.
The new allegation was made in a civil lawsuit that was filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.
Her accusation is strenuously denied by the Oscar-winning actor’s lawyer.
The 52-year-old is alleged to have met the woman at a Greenwich Village VIP lounge but Mark Heller, who is representing Cuba has said in a statement that that “alleged event never took place”.
Speaking about the allegations, Cuba’s lawyer added: “My client is totally innocent of any of these false allegations and we’re confident it will be dismissed.
“She’s probably just somebody who’s looking for some glory to bask in the publicity and notoriety of Cuba Gooding Jr’s case.”
“We expect the case to be dismissed,” Heller continued. “It was an alleged incident that took place over seven years ago with no criminal complaint at the time.”
The woman, identified only as ‘Jane Doe’ in the civil suit, alleges that she met the actor at a bar in Manhattan in August 2013 and was invited to join him for drinks at a hotel nearby.
She alleges that Cuba invited her up to his hotel room, where he said he needed to change his clothes. She then claims the star raped her.