Sex abuse case against Cuba Gooding Jr. will proceed

The sex abuse case against Cuba Gooding Jr. can go forward after a New York judge threw out a motion to dismiss the case, according to court documents.

Judge Phyllis Chu also set a trial date of September 3. Chu reached her decision on Wednesday.

Gooding has been charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, and sex abuse in the third degree relating to an alleged groping incident in New York City in June.

A 29-year-old woman filed a police report claiming Gooding grabbed her breast at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar <><><><><><><><><>& Lounge in Manhattan./ppGooding has denied the claim./ppIn a statement Thursday, Gooding’s attorney Mark Jay Heller said: “I am totally confident that when a jury of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s peers assess all of the exculpatory evidence in this case, that he will be totally exonerated.”/ppGooding voluntarily surrendered to the NYPD for questioning and pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Manhattan courtroom. The actor was released on his own recognizance./ppCNN’s Chloe Melas, Marianne Garvey and Brian Vitagliano contributed to this story./p