Cuba Gooding Jr. reached a compromise with a woman who sued him for $6 million on the grounds that he raped her a decade ago. The agreement was reached just minutes before jury selection was scheduled to begin in Manhattan federal court.
The last-minute agreement prevents the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor from having details of the alleged assault discussed in court, while his accuser will not be required to disclose her identity, despite a ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty that she could not go to trial anonymously.
Gooding has denied the allegations and stated that the sexual encounter was voluntary. His attorneys did not respond promptly to requests for comment.
No information about the settlement was available to the public.
In her August 2020 lawsuit, the woman was seeking $6 million in damages. She claimed the actor enticed her to his hotel room and assaulted her after meeting her in a Manhattan restaurant.
Last week, Crotty declared that three additional women who claimed Gooding Jr. assaulted or attempted to assault them would be allowed to testify at trial.
30 women have accused Gooding of invasive sexual contact, according to prosecutors.
In June of 2019, he was detained in a separate criminal case after a woman reported that he fondled her without her consent in a bar near Times Square. Gooding faced additional accusations for purportedly inappropriately touching women.
Gooding pleaded guilty to forcible contact in April 2022 for kissing one of the women on the lips without her permission. After completing six months of alcohol and behavior counseling, the agreement with prosecutors allowed him to avoid jail time and expunge his record.