TMZ: Lawyer now unsure whether Cuba Gooding Jr. will turn self in on groping charge

NEW YORK — An attorney for Cuba Gooding Jr. said he’s unsure whether the actor will turn himself in to New York City police on Thursday to face allegations he groped a woman at a Manhattan night spot, TMZ reported.

Gooding, the Oscar-winning star of “Jerry Maguire,” was expected to face a charge stemming from an alleged incident over the weekend at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, lawyer Mark Heller said.

A 29-year-old woman told police Gooding grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday.

Gooding, 51, denies the allegations.

He told TMZ that he was at the bar partying with friends but didn’t touch anyone. He said there’s a video that shows “what really happened.”

“I trust the system and will let the process speak for itself,” Gooding said.

On Wednesday evening, Heller told TMZ he had viewed surveillance video from the bar and said it showed “absolutely no criminality taking place on the part of my client.”

Heller said he contacted the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Sex Crimes Unit but had not gotten a return phone call. He said he can’t believe they’d want to arrest Gooding if investigators had seen the video.

Video posted on social media show Gooding at Magic Hour on Sunday night singing the Journey hit “Faithfully” and posing for pictures with fans.

The bar, on the roof of the Moxy Hotel south of Times Square, features a mini-golf course and sweeping views of the Empire State Building and other Big Apple landmarks.

Gooding, a Bronx native, rose to fame after starring in “Boyz N the Hood” in 1991.

Six years later, he won an Oscar for his role as a professional football player in “Jerry Maguire.” His signature line, “Show me the money,” became a popular catchphrase.

Gooding was nominated for an Emmy Award last year for playing O.J. Simpson in the FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and recently appeared on Broadway and London’s West End as lawyer Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”

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