A New York federal judge has found actor Cuba Gooding Jr. liable in a rape lawsuit, and he could owe millions in damages.
Judge Paul Crotty on Thursday issued a default judgement against Gooding, finding that the “Jerry Maguire” actor has “completely failed to engage with this case.”
“Defendant’s failure to appear in this case or answer the complaint after being properly served indicates that his default was willful,” Crotty wrote.
Gooding is ordered to engage in the case by Sept. 7, after which Crotty will determine what damages are owed.
The woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” accused Gooding of raping her in 2013. She says that after they met at a bar in Manhattan, he invited her to join him for drinks at a hotel.
Doe alleges that the two went to Gooding’s hotel room, where he raped her vaginally and anally.
Doe filed the suit in August 2020, seeking a combined $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages. At the time, Gooding’s attorney Mark Jay Heller said the allegations were false.
The case was dismissed on March 1 for failure to prosecute, but was later reopened on March 16.
The actor was served the suit on April 22, but failed to respond by the May 13 deadline, according to the order.
"We are pleased that the court entered a default judgment in favor of our client against Cuba Gooding, Jr. Mr. Gooding failed to respond to the serious allegations made by our client," Gloria AllredGloria Rachel AllredJudge finds Cuba Gooding Jr. liable in rape lawsuit, could owe millions The Hill's Morning Report - Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data Tenth Cuomo accuser says governor kissed her during 2017 tour of flood damage MORE, an attorney for Doe, told The Hill in a statement.
"We look forward to the hearing which will determine the amount of those damages," Allred said.
Separately, Gooding has pleaded not guilty in a New York state court to several charges related to allegedly groping three different women in 2018. A trial date in that case will be set in an Oct. 18 hearing, according to The Associated Press.
Updated: 4:05 p.m.