Cuba Gooding Jr. and other stars accused of sexual misconduct
The Oscar-winning actor has been put under arrest
It seems that the era of #MeToo and Time’s Up has brought with it a wave of fresh sexual misconduct allegations against some prominent and powerful figures. While it’s true that the current atmosphere may make victims feel more comfortable in sharing their experiences, it’s also true that these acts of sexual misconduct and abuse have been going on for many, many years. The difference is that, now, people are paying attention.
There’s a certain difficulty and a specific kind of shock that comes from learning about the acts of (and allegations against) celebrities that we have come to know and love over the years. From those who grew up with ‘The Cosby Show,’ to people who can’t help but dance when R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ comes on, these public figures have not only abused their power but have permanently stained the content their audiences love.
Unfortunately, it seems that there is a new allegation every day, and the public is learning how to deal with figures accused of sexual crimes, whether that is boycotting their work or making an example out of them.
Whether every single allegation is punishable or not, the media is also playing a huge part in creating a dialogue about these very persistent problems. By putting these stories in the spotlight, a discussion can be had about the power structures that enable these patterns, the faults our society has had in the past in dealing with them, and the steps we can take to do better. Even if it sprouts from a place of fear of being caught, the #MeToo movement shows that women refuse to be ignored, and that people will no longer get away with this behavior.
The latest of these sexual misconduct accusations is against Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who was arrested on June 13 for allegedly groping a woman after a night of drinking in a New York City rooftop bar. The ‘Jerry Maguire’ star shared an unsettling smile with his hands in cuffs, charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching.
But he’s hardly the first, and his charges are hardly the worst. Click through to see the defamed faces who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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