The lawyer told TMZ that surveillance footage from the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge, where the alleged incident occurred, showed "absolutely no criminality taking place on the part of my client".
Cuba Gooding Jr. was formally charged Thursday with misdemeanor forcible touching stemming from an alleged groping of a woman in a Manhattan bar last Sunday.
A 29-year-old woman told police Gooding grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday.
After reviewing the security video, Heller said he was hesitant to let Gooding surrender but chose to go through with it.
"I trust the system and the process", he said.
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According to the New York Post, the woman immediately objected, which led to an argument with Gooding, which was then broken up by security. He said he was surprised police and prosecutors were moving forward with the case.
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Heller said he contacted the Manhattan District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Unit but had not gotten a return phone call.
"I am highly confident that he will be totally exonerated", Heller said. A bartender said that the actor was agitated with patrons who wanted photos with him and that he pushed her when she asked him to leave.
"He will be arrested for forcible touching, but the charges will be determined by the ADA", a law enforcement source said of the allegation.
Security video shows that Gooding left the club soon after.
Gooding, a native of New York's Bronx borough, rose to fame after starring in Boyz N the Hood in 1991. His signature line, "Show me the money", became a popular catchphrase.