To get the elephant out of the room: The most obvious reason Cuba Gooding Jr. isn’t being sought out for roles anymore is that numerous women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
It started in June of 2019, when USA Today reported that Gooding was being investigated for allegedly groping a woman while drunk at a bar in New York City. Gooding was later arrested after turning himself in to the NYPD, as USA Today later confirmed. Gooding was eventually released pending a further trial.
In October of that same year, The New York Times reported that Gooding was indicted on a separate sexual abuse charge. Though details about the new allegations weren’t released, they were serious enough that they delayed the trial for the June incident. The same New York Times report also noted that Gooding denied all allegations against him, and that his lawyers had tried unsuccessfully to get the original charges dismissed.
Some believe the trouble began earlier than 2019. Page Six reported that ever since Gooding’s divorce from his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, in 2014, the actor has spent his free time clubbing, partying, and drinking heavily, while displaying some of the questionable behavior detailed in the assault allegations.
Those first two allegations were only the beginning.