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Cuba Gooding Jr. has avoided a civil rape trial due to start today after reaching a last-minute legal settlement with the woman who claimed the Oscar-winner assaulted her in a New York City hotel a decade ago, according to court records.
The Jerry Maguire star faced allegations that he met the woman at a restaurant in Manhattan, persuaded her to join him at the Mercer Hotel in the Soho section of Manhattan and stop at his room so he could change clothing.
She said in her lawsuit Gooding then raped her anally and vaginally. The encounter occurred in 2013
The trial was to start Tuesday with jury selection in New York federal court. The woman had proceeded anonymously until last week, when Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled that she would have to reveal her name at trial.
The actor had insisted through lawyers that his encounter with the woman was consensual after the two met at a nearby restaurant - and that she bragged to others afterwards that she had sex with a celebrity.
The trial was due to begin at 10am on Tuesday, at 10:24am it was announced in legal documents that 'the parties have resolved the matter.' The exact terms of the settlement have not been made public.
Cuba Gooding Jr. pictured in court in January 2020
The Mercer Hotel in New York City where the woman said that rape occurred
The woman alleged that Gooding brought her to his hotel room under the pretense that he needed to change his clothes
The lawsuit sought $6 million in damages.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Gloria Allred, who was representing the accuser, as well as Gooding's representatives for comment on this story.
The accuser said she met Gooding at at the Gooding at Le Souk lounge, where they chatted and eventually went back to his hotel room. Once in his hotel room, the woman said that Gooding took off his clothes, put on music.
The lawsuit was filed against a man who authorities say has been accused of committing sexual misconduct against more than 30 other women, including groping, unwanted kissing and other inappropriate behavior.
Late last week, the judge seemed to strengthen the woman's hand at trial and in settlement negotiations by ruling that he would let three women testify that they also were subjected to sudden sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults after meeting Gooding in social settings such as festivals, bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
One of the women who had planned to testify at the trial was Kelsey Harbert, who told police Gooding fondled her without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square in 2019.
In total, nine people including Gooding and Harbert was set to testify at trial.
Harbert said last year after Gooding pleaded guilty in New York state court to a charge that spared him from jail or a criminal history that never getting her day in court was 'more disappointing than words can say.'
Gooding, a star in films including Boyz n the Hood and Radio, was permitted to plead guilty in April 2022 to a misdemeanor, admitting that he forcibly kissed a worker at a New York nightclub in 2018.
By staying out of trouble and completing six months of alcohol and behavioral counseling, Gooding was permitted to withdraw his guilty plea and plead guilty to a non-criminal harassment violation, eliminating his criminal record and preventing further penalties.
Cuba Gooding Jr. pictured with rapper French Montana in New York City on May 19
The latest: Drake, 36, on Sunday took to Instagram with a series of Instagram Stories post, including one in which he was posed with Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., 55, in a post tagged in St. Barts
Despite all of his legal troubles, the actor has seemed in good spirits when pictured. He spent New Year's Eve with Drake in St. Barts.
The Canadian rapper posted an Instagram showing the pair with the caption 'Cuba Gooding Jr and Dominican Badness Sr,' while the actor posted the same shot with the same caption, 'Boyz n da boat!'