Cuba Gooding Jr to face new charges in US

Cuba Gooding Jr is known for his roles in films including Jerry Maguire and A Few Good Men.
Cuba Gooding Jr is known for his roles in films including Jerry Maguire and A Few Good Men.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr's trial on charges of groping a woman at a Manhattan bar has been postponed as prosecutors reveal they have brought new charges against him in connection with another incident.

Gooding is expected to appear in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to enter a plea to the new charges, which are not yet public, according to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Gooding won a supporting actor Oscar in 1997 for Jerry Maguire and is known for his roles in films including A Few Good Men and The Butler and the television miniseries The People v OJ Simpson.

He had been scheduled to go to trial on the original charges on Thursday, but the additional charges mean the trial will be delayed. A new date has not yet been set.

Gooding's lawyer Mark Heller said video from the bar where his client was accused of groping the woman "clearly shows that there was no groping or crime".

"Clearly the prosecutor was not prepared to proceed to trial in this case," he said.

Heller said he did not have any details about the new charges.

"I doubt it's anything that's credible," he said.

Gooding, 51, was charged with one misdemeanor count of forcible touching in June after an unidentified woman said the actor had touched her breasts in a bar. He has denied the allegation.

Australian Associated Press