Jamie Foxx accused of sexual assault at NYC rooftop bar in 2015

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US actor Jamie Foxx is being sued by a woman who alleges he sexually assaulted her at a restaurant in New York City eight years ago.

In a recent lawsuit, actor Jamie Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop, is accused of groping an unnamed woman who requested a photo with him. The accuser is seeking damages for “sexual assault, abuse, assault, and battery.” Mr. Foxx’s representatives have not responded to a BBC request for comment. The alleged assault is said to have occurred around 01:00 on 26 August 2015 at Catch NYC. The lawsuit claims Mr. Foxx, appearing intoxicated, agreed to a photo, made inappropriate comments, and later touched the woman without consent. The lawsuit also targets restaurant owner Mark Birnbaum for alleged negligence.

The lawsuit contends that the incident took place after the woman, seated next to Mr. Foxx, sought a photo. Despite Mr. Foxx’s comments about her appearance, the situation escalated when he led her to a secluded area, touching her inappropriately. The incident reportedly ended when the woman’s friend intervened. The legal action seeks damages from both Mr. Foxx and restaurant owner Mark Birnbaum, accusing them of breaching their duty of care toward the plaintiff. The woman claims severe emotional distress and other damages resulting from the “heinous acts.”

As the New York Adult Survivors Act, allowing victims of sex crimes to sue after the statute of limitations expires, concludes on 24 November, this lawsuit follows a pattern of high-profile figures facing legal actions under this act. Notably, former US President Donald Trump, rapper Sean Combs, comedian Bill Cosby, actor Cuba Gooding Jr, and Russell Brand have all faced lawsuits under this legislation. Jamie Foxx, an Oscar-winning actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film “Ray,” now faces legal challenges related to the allegations.

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