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GoodingJr. pleads not guilty to groping

Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has been released after being arraigned in a US court on charges he groped a woman at a New York City night spot.

The 51-year-old star of "Jerry Maguire" denies the allegations and pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges.

He was released after about six hours in police custody.

A 29-year-old woman told police that Gooding placed his hand on her breast and squeezed it without her consent at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge. The woman said she believed Gooding was intoxicated.

Video obtained by TMZ appears to show Gooding putting his hand on or near a woman's leg and breast as they sit on a couch with another woman between them.

Gooding is then seen pulling the woman's hand to his lips, as if to kiss it, and leaning toward her before another man steps up and talks with them.

The video could be key evidence for prosecutors, but Gooding's lawyer said the footage showed "not the slightest scintilla of inappropriate conduct" and will exonerate him.

Lawyer Mark Heller said he doubted the accuser would show up for court hearings and suggested that prosecutors should charge her with perjury if she testified in court and her allegations were contradicted by video.

Gooding had his hands cuffed behind his back for part of the proceedings.

A conviction could put him behind bars for up to a year.

Heller also disputed allegations in media reports that a second woman said to have come forward in recent days claims Gooding grabbed her buttocks at a New York City restaurant in 2008.

"There is no pattern of conduct," Heller said. "It is not uncommon for people to come out of the woodwork when these things happen."

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