Surveillance video from a New York City bar shows Cuba Gooding Jr touching the thigh of a woman who had him arrested for alleged groping as the actor was seen making funny faces during a court appearance.
The video, which surfaced on Thursday, shows the Jerry Maguire star at the Magic Hour Rooftop Lounge in midtown Manhattan with his girlfriend, Claudine De Niro, at around 10:15pm on Sunday night.
The two are seen sitting on a couch when the accuser takes a seat next to De Niro.
Almost immediately, Gooding reaches across De Niro’s body and places his hand on the accuser’s left thigh.
Surveillance footage shows Cuba Gooding Jr with his date, Claudine De Niro, at a rooftop bar in New York City on Sunday night
The woman accusing Gooding of groping her is seen sitting next to the coupe on the far left
Within seconds of her sitting down, Gooding places his right hand on her left thigh
Gooding then runs his right hand up the woman’s torso toward her breast. She then grabs Gooding’s hand and appears to push it away
Moments later, Gooding runs his right hand up the woman’s torso and appears to touch her breast.
The woman appears to then grab Gooding’s hand. Gooding then appears to pull the woman’s hand toward his mouth and kisses it.
Seconds later, another man walks over and stands in front of Gooding, De Niro, and the accuser.
The man appears to make a lewd gesture by thrusting his hips forward in a repeated motion as if to simulate a sex act.
Moments later another man walks over and gestured lewdly toward Gooding, De Niro, and the accuser
Several other people then walk over and join the group. Gooding is seen second from left
Gooding, the man, and the other all get up in unison and walk together toward another part of the bar
As the man continues to draw attention to his groin region, Gooding and De Niro appear to playfully reach out.
Several other people then join the group and they all walk away after a few minutes of chatting.
A second video clip taken from surveillance footage from that same night shows Gooding and De Niro making out in a downstairs lounge.
In the clip, which was obtained by TMZ, the accuser is seen approaching a security guard who was standing just a few feet away from Gooding and De Niro.
The actor made an initial court appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday
As the surveillance video was revealed, Gooding was seen in court on Thursday
The actor pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor forcible touching
Gooding was at time somber during his court appearance in New York on Thursday
The actor, who has starred in such hit movies as Jerry Maguire and A Few Good Men, has maintained his innocence
Gooding appears to crack a smile during the court hearing in Manhattan on Thursday
In New York State, forcible touching is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, Gooding faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail or three years probation
Gooding could also face a $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. An officer is seen above removing his handcuffs
Gooding’s attorney, Mark J. Heller, said he was ‘completely confident that (Gooding) will be totally exonerated’
‘There is not a scintilla of criminal culpability that can be attributed to Cuba Gooding Jr,’ Heller told reporters
The second clip, which reportedly recorded what took place 30 minutes after the first video, shows the accuser argue with the security guard.
Gooding is seen getting up and walking right past the accuser.
De Niro and the security guard then walk behind Gooding.
The surveillance footage surfaced hours after Gooding made an initial court appearance in Manhattan on Thursday.
After the hearing, Gooding appeared to be in good spirits as he left the court house in Manhattan
The award-winning actor flashed a smile as officers led him out of the court house
A horde of photographers and reporters were waiting outside as Gooding emerged with his attorneys
Gooding appeared eager to get away. He is seen entering a car as the assembled media horde approaches him
Gooding, 51, won a supporting actor Oscar in 1997 for Jerry Maguire
He also had starring roles in A Few Good Men, The Butler and the television miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson
The actor, who is divorced, is one of dozens of men in politics, entertainment, sports and the business world who have been accused of sexual misconduct since allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo movement
Heller accused the woman who lodged the complaint against Gooding last weekend of seeking ‘simply to get their 15 minutes of fame’
Heller said he hoped she would herself be prosecuted once Gooding’s case is resolved.
The Oscar-winning actor was seen in court smirking. He faces one misdemeanor account of forcible touching.
Gooding denies the accusation.
Gooding’s attorney, Mark J. Heller, said he was ‘completely confident that (Gooding) will be totally exonerated.’
He told reporters that Gooding will enter a not guilty plea at an initial court appearance.
‘There is not a scintilla of criminal culpability that can be attributed to Cuba Gooding Jr,’ Heller told reporters.
Heller said he was ‘shocked and horrified’ that the case was being prosecuted after he presented police with security video from the bar that the attorney said showed no criminal behavior by Gooding.
Heller accused the woman who lodged the complaint against Gooding last weekend of seeking ‘simply to get their 15 minutes of fame’ and said he hoped she would herself be prosecuted once Gooding’s case is resolved.
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s mug shot is seen above after his arrest by the New York Police Department on Thursday
Before his court appearance, Gooding was photographed on Thursday glumly looking into the camera as New York police officers took his booking photo following his arrest.
Gooding, who was seen has been taken to court in handcuffs, arrived back in New York City on Thursday morning after denying that he had done anything wrong.
He was seen arriving at the Special Victims Unit in the early afternoon, smiling as he entered the building with his lawyer.
Police then took him to court where he pleaded not guilty.
Gooding has been arrested on one count of forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
Gooding is led out of the NYPD Special Victims Unit in handcuffs to be taken to court on a single count of forcible touching on Thursday
The actor wore a slight smile as he was led out of the building by detectives
Gooding Jr., 51, arrived back in New York on Thursday. He went to California earlier in the week after the alleged incident
Gooding Jr. appeared in high spirits as he left the police department on Thursday to go to court
Gooding Jr. is shown with his hands in cuffs being put in a police car on Thursday
His first accuser told cops that at a party at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, the star grabbed her breast when she brought him a glass of water because he was so drunk.
A second woman has since reported him to the police for allegedly grabbing her buttocks at Butter, a different nightspot, on a different occasion.
The actor and his lawyer have both spoken out to insist he is innocent.
‘I trust the system and the process,’ a confident Gooding told TMZ before boarding a flight in California to get back to the east coast on Wednesday night.
‘There’s a tape that shows what really happens and that’s all.
‘I was at a club, I left, I met a bunch of people, I took pictures and… you have to have faith in what people say.’
When asked if he was guilty of the allegations, Gooding reiterated that he was ‘absolutely not’.
His lawyer later told DailyMail.com: ‘We’re not sure if he’s going to turn himself in.
‘If he hasn’t committed any crime, there’s no reason for him to turn himself in.
The video captures the whole evening and it shows he did nothing wrong. They can’t arrest someone who did nothing wrong.’
Cuba Gooding Jr. is pictured at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge on Sunday, hours before being reported to police for allegedly groping a woman’s breast
Gooding Jr. burst into song later in the evening and was filmed belting out for the crowd at the bar
The actor is shown posing for a selfie with a fan. It is unclear who the woman who reported him to the NYPD is, and there is no suggestion it is the woman pictured here
The intoxicated actor was filmed puckering up to the woman’s phone during a selfie video. He has not commented on the allegations
Sources previously told DailyMail.com he grabbed the woman’s breasts after she handed him a glass of water because he was so drunk.
Gooding Jr. has three children with his ex-wife. It is unclear if he is single now.
In videos shared on social media of Gooding Jr. partying on Saturday, he was seen in high-spirits sipping cocktails and singing for the crowd.
He posed with fans for photos and took videos with some who also shared them on Instagram.
In some videos, he was filmed belting out the words to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing.
The actor was married to his ex-wife Sara for 20 years before she filed for separation in 2014.
Over the last five years, they have tried to settle the divorce but it remains unclear if it has been finalized.
They cited irreconcilable differences in paperwork as the reason for the split.
Gooding Jr. and his ex-wife Sara were married for 22 years but he filed for divorce in 2017, three years after she filed for separation