NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says Cuba Gooding Jr. will go on trial in February in his New York City groping case.
Prosecutors are expected to portray the actor as a serial offender, and the defense to contend the case is an example of Me Too run amok.
A judge on Monday set a Feb. 1 trial date in the case.
It involves allegations the Oscar-winning "Jerry Maguire" star violated three different women at three various Manhattan nightspots in 2018 and 2019.
According to the Associated Press, Gooding Jr. is accused of pinching a server at TAO Downton's buttocks in 2018.
The judge had expressed a desire to start the trial sooner, possibly in December.
But a lawyer for Gooding says he'll be tied up with other trials.
The trial was supposed to begin last April but was pushed back due to surging COVID-19 cases in the state, which led to courthouses being shut down, the news outlet reported.
The AP reported that in 2019, Gooding was arrested for allegedly assaulting squeezing a woman's breast without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge.
A third woman accused the actor of forcibly touching her inappropriately at the LAVO New York nightclub in 2018, the AP reported.