Cuba Gooding Jr arrives at court facing trial in groping case

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What we do know for sure from Gooding's short stint in NY state court this morning in Manhattan is that the new charge will be unsealed when the trial finally starts on October 15. Prosecutors said the charges relate to an alleged incident in June, as well as a previously uncharged incident. During the short proceedings, the prosecution said they are ready to proceed with the trial and that they filed a new charge against Gooding Jr. on Wednesday, but did not specify what the charge was. He's accused of grabbing a woman's breast without her consent in a bar on a night out in June.

© Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the 69th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 4, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

He's pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and is free on his own recognizance.

The woman told police she was with friends when she was confronted by a male patron whom she described as Gooding, a law enforcement source told CNN. "The victim later told cops she protested at the unwanted touching and they argued about the encounter".

Gooding Jr. appeared in good spirits as he entered the courthouse on Thursday with his lawyer, Mark Heller, flashing a smile and waving.

Gooding voluntarily surrendered to NY police in June for questioning and was released without bail.

"I trust the system and will let the process speak for itself", the American Horror Story actor said.

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