WARNING: The article below contains content pertaining to, but not limited to civil lawsuits concerning accusations of the following offenses: sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape and sex trafficking. If you or some you know has been sexually assaulted, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
On Wednesday, November 22, several high-profile figures in entertainment were met with civil lawsuits containing accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Marcellus Wiley and Jamie Foxx. On Thursday, November 23, Foxx elected to respond to the lawsuit filed against him. By way of a spokesperson, Foxx says the incident depicted in the lawsuit “never happened.”
“The alleged incident never happened. In 2020, this individual filed a nearly identical lawsuit in Brooklyn. That case was dismissed shortly thereafter,” a spokesperson for the multi-talented entertainer told Deadline.
“The claims are no more viable today than they were then. We are confident they will be dismissed again. And once they are, Mr. Foxx intends to pursue a claim for malicious prosecution against this person and her attorneys for re-filing this frivolous action.”
Filed in the New York Supreme Court on Wednesday, the civil lawsuit at hand alleges the plaintiff and her friend were seated at a table near Foxx and Catch Hospitality Group Co-Founder Mark Birnbaum at a bar and nightclub in 2015. According the plaintiff, her friend approached Foxx at approximately 1 a.m. and began asking for a picture. The entertainer allegedly agreed to take the photo and began complimenting the plaintiff’s appearance during the process. Afterward, the plaintiff says Foxx took her to a secluded part of the venue and groped her. When she attempted to get away from Foxx, the plaintiff alleges he forcibly “put his fingers on and in [her] vagina and anus.”
The lawsuit seeks to find Foxx, Birnbaum and Catch NYC accountable for the alleged acts and secure proper compensation for her “pain, suffering, emotional distress, anxiety and humiliation.”