Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s He Said, She Said

Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives to a courtroom in New York, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cuba Gooding Jr. claims he never grabbed a server at TAO Nightclub, but she says there is video to prove she was groped by the Oscar winner.

Natasha Ashworth says she was working at TAO in NYC in the early morning hours of Oct. 24, 2018 and she was serving Gooding’s table at the club. In a lawsuit filed Monday in NYC, Natasha says he asked her, “Do you want to see my impression of a penis?” She responded, “No,” but according to her, Gooding drank from his glass and began spitting liquid out of his mouth. Natasha says she just walked away from him. But, according to the suit they ran into each other again near the end of her shift, around 4:20 AM and Gooding allegedly used his right hand to pinch Natasha’s right buttock. She says she told him, “Don’t touch my butt.” She claims he replied, “Aw, that’s no fun and I didn’t, I touched your back.” Natasha says she grabbed Gooding’s arm and told him to leave.

In the suit, she says a club promoter who was with Cuba urged him to stop, but the actor pushed the promoter out of the way. She claims Gooding went to a manager, attempting to explain away his contact with Natasha as innocent.