The “Jerry Maguire” star was arrested last Thursday and charged with one count of misdemeanour forcible touching for allegedly grabbing the breast of a woman while he was partying at a rooftop bar earlier this month. He has pleaded not guilty.
And on Monday, he was overheard venting to a pal about his legal troubles.
“He said the woman fabricated the whole thing and that the truth would come out,” a spy told Page Six.
Added the eavesdropper, “It was bizarre that he was in the main lounge of the hotel and he was talking about it.”
Gooding also appeared to crack a joke about the alleged incident at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, which was caught on a security camera.
Our source told us, “He was making jokes and asking his friend if there were security cameras.”
Meanwhile, his arrest doesn’t seem to have put a crimp in Gooding’s notorious partying.
The spy says, “After several drinks and an order of fries, he and his friend were trying to find a place to go out after.”
“He kept checking his phone because they were waiting for a friend, but he really wanted to go out,” said the spy.
Meanwhile, sources said that the on-the-town actor was also spotted at a VIP fashion party in Bellport, LI, over the weekend.
On Wednesday, his attorney Mark Heller told us, “His confidence in the legal system and his legal representation has freed him from the anxiety that usually causes defendants in his situation to recoil from society.”
He added, “As you have noted, Mr Gooding continues to appropriately interact and socialize as he normally does.”