“This is exemplified by the condemnation of former vice president Joe Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder.”
Mr Heller railed against the “extreme weakness” of the case, and told the court that a 10-second video of the encounter, which he said was leaked by the police, proved the innocence of his client. He said that four different DNA samples had been identified on the accuser’s dress, and said hundreds of witnesses had been interviewed.
“The jury and taxpayers of New York City will be outraged by this waste of time and money,” he insisted.
However the prosecution revealed that they have 12 additional accusers whose testimony they would like to be included in the case, as supporting witnesses.
The women accuse Gooding of groping and forcibly kissing them at bars and clubs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Albuquerque and Dallas.
One of the accusers allegedly told him: “You’re so nasty”.
Another claims she was groped by him in a Malibu bar in 2014. A year later, crossing paths with him again, she punched him and yelled at him about “what he did”. Gooding then left the bar.
The allegations date back to 2001.
Gooding voluntarily handed himself over to New York police on June 13.