What is Cuba Gooding Jr's net worth? Actor directed to pay rape accuser $6M in damages
Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr, who was accused of rape by an unidentified woman, might need to pay millions of dollars worth of damages to his accuser. Recently, Federal Judge Paul Crotty found Gooding liable in a civil case filed by his rape accuser. The Manhattan judge issued a default judgment against the actor on Thursday, July 29, in a civil suit filed in August 2020. According to the judge, Gooding has accepted liability already since he had failed to defend himself or participate in the suit.
The embattled actor is mandated to respond to the judgment within early September 2021, failing which, he would be required to pay the damages as determined by Judge Crotty. The woman, who accused Gooding of raping her in a New York City hotel in 2013, is seeking $6 Million in damages. The 'Pearl Harbor' and 'Jerry Maguire' actor reportedly met the woman in the VIP section of a Greenwich Village lounge in August 2013. He later invited her to the Mercer Hotel, where he allegedly raped her after putting on music by 'Mumford & Sons'.
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What is Cuba Gooding Jr's net worth?
Born on January 2, 1968, in Bronx, New York, Gooding grew up in a family of singers. However, after his father left the family, he was primarily raised by his mother who was also a singer. In the early phases of his career, Gooding started out as a professional breakdancer. He even went on to perform at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Before learning acting in the late 1980s, he studied martial arts for three years. Gooding's acting career started with TV shows like 'Hill Street Blues, 'Amen' and 'MacGyver', as well as an appearance in the Eddie Murphy film 'Coming to America'. Soon, his acting prowess was noticed in the industry. In 1991, he secured his breakthrough role in the film 'Boyz n the Hood'. The successful film saw Gooding as the perfect lead actor and propelled him into fame. Soon, he starred in big banner films like 'A Few Good Men', 'Outbreak' and 'Lightning Jack'. His role in Tom Cruise-starrer 'Jerry Maguire' earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
However, his career took a nosedive soon afterward, though he continued to star in some notable films like 'Pearl Harbor' 'Radio' or 'Rat Race'. In the recent past, he proved his mettle once again in 'American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson', where he starred as the titular character OJ Simpson and won a Primetime Emmy. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Cuba Gooding Jr. has an estimated net worth of $14 Million. He owned a number of properties in Los Angeles, including a large mansion in Pacific Palisades, which he sold for $9.8 million. The talented actor became embroiled in severe controversy after he was accused of sexual abuse in 2019. After a woman accused him of groping her at a bar, over 22 women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching, groping, and even rape.