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Cuba Gooding Jr Charged With Misdemeanor Count of Forcible Touching

Actor turned himself in to NYPD on Thursday

Cuba Gooding Jr. has turned himself in to New York police to face a misdemeanor charge over an accusation that he groped a woman at a Manhattan bar.

The surrender, which took place at 11 a.m. local time this morning, comes three days after law enforcement received a complaint filed by a 29-year-old woman who says Gooding grabbed her breast at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge on Sunday. The accuser said that she had an argument with Gooding Jr. about the encounter before calling 911 to report the incident.

NYPD officials confirmed to TheWrap that Gooding Jr. has been charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching and will be arraigned later today.

Representatives for Gooding Jr. did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. But on Wednesday, the actor denied any wrongdoing in an interview with TMZ and said there is evidence backing up his account of events.

“There’s a tape that shows what really happened,” Gooding Jr. said. “I believe in the system and let the process speak for itself.”

“There is not the slightest scintilla of inappropriate conduct on his part,” Gooding’s lawyer Mark Heller told the AP.

The actor received an Academy Award in 1997 for his supporting role performance in “Jerry Maguire,” and was nominated for an Emmy last year for playing O.J. Simpson in the limited series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”