A lawyer for Cuba Gooding Jr. begged a judge on Wednesday to dismiss sexual abuse and forcible touching charges against the star, saying his “life has been put on hold” as a result.
Mark Heller pressed Manhattan criminal court Judge Keshia Espinal to rule on his motion to dismiss, which claims the 30-year-old woman’s allegations that Gooding grabbed her breast are bogus.
“Mr. Gooding’s life has been put on hold, it’s on the pause button … substantially impacting him financially and professionally,” Heller argued.
But the judge said he would reserve ruling on the motion until prosecutors have had a chance to respond. She’ll rule August 14 — when Gooding is next due in court.
Should the judge relent and let the aging film star walk, or should Gooding be forced to face the music for what he did?