Jamie Foxx has responded to a New York lawsuit filing that accuses him of sexual assault that allegedly took place in 2015. “The alleged incident never happened,” a spokesperson for the actor said in a statement via Deadline. “In 2020, this individual filed a nearly identical lawsuit in Brooklyn. That case was dismissed shortly thereafter.”
Confident Of Dismissal
“The claims are no more viable today than they were then,” the statement continued.
“We are confident they will be dismissed again. And once they are, Mr. [Jamie] Foxx intends to pursue a claim for malicious prosecution against this person and her attorneys for re-filing this frivolous action.”
The lawsuit details the alleged unwarranted physical contact between Jamie Foxx, whose real name is Eric Marlon Bishop, and an unidentified woman at the famous rooftop venue, Catch NYC & Roof.
According to the court documents, the actor is accused of placing his hands on the plaintiff’s waist before moving them under her top.
The situation allegedly escalated as he began rubbing the woman’s breasts and eventually led her to a secluded area on the rooftop, where he reportedly touched other intimate areas of her body.
The incident unfolded after a friend of the plaintiff requested a photo with Jamie Foxx, who, according to the lawsuit, appeared intoxicated at the time.
Jamie Foxx’s alleged inappropriate behavior continued as he complimented the plaintiff on her appearance, comparing her to actress Gabrielle Union and praising her “supermodel body” and scent.
The situation took a distressing turn when Foxx, as per court papers, intensified his physical assault. The plaintiff attempted to escape, and the alleged assault only came to a stop when her friend intervened.
Others Involved And Named
Jamie Foxx, known for his stellar performance as Ray Charles in the film Ray, for which he earned numerous accolades, now faces serious legal consequences.
The lawsuit not only targets Foxx but also includes Catch NYC & Roof, along with its employees. The plaintiff seeks both compensation and punitive damages for the alleged incident.
The lawsuit against Jamie Foxx is filed under the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) enacted in May 2022, which grants a one-year window for sexual assault survivors to file civil claims, irrespective of the usual statute of limitations.
This provision has resulted in a surge of lawsuits related to sexual assault claims in recent times.
Problems With System
The filing window opened on November 24, 2022, and closed on November 23, 2023. While this law aimed to empower survivors of sexual assault and bring their abusers and enablers to account, some people have abused the system, using it as a means to extort money from high-profile individuals (like Jamie Foxx) and institutions across various industries.
Some notable cases include a suit filed against New York City Mayor Eric Adams, accusing him of a 1993 sexual assault. R&B singer Cassie is suing her former long-term partner, music mogul Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, for rape and a pattern of abuse.
Survivor advocates are pushing for an extension of the window, as many survivors take years to process their experiences and find the courage to come forward.
If the allegations against Jamie Foxx are proven true, it could profoundly impact his career and public image.
One of his most anticipated upcoming projects is Back in Action, an action comedy from director Seth Gordon from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien. The Netflix movie also features Cameron Diaz, Glenn Close, and Kyle Chandler.