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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s request to toss groping case is denied

Gooding's lawyer argued in court papers this week that security video from the rooftop bar near Times Square contradicts the woman's allegations.
Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo, Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Gooding is expected to turn himself in to the New York Police Department on Thursday, June 13, 2019, after being accused of groping a woman at a midtown Manhattan nightclub Sunday, June 9. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — A judge has, for now, rejected Cuba Gooding Jr.'s request to throw out his New York City groping case.

Judge Keisha Espinal said during a court hearing Wednesday that she needed time to review written arguments.

She said she wouldn't rule until at least mid-August, dashing the actor's hopes of a swift dismissal of charges that he grabbed a woman's breast at a bar.

Gooding nodded when he was asked outside court if he thinks his case will eventually be dismissed.

As he waited for his ride, a passerby yelled: "Show us the money, Cuba!" — referring to a line from Gooding's Oscar-winning role in "Jerry Maguire."

Gooding was arrested June 13. He has pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges.