Jamie Foxx accused of sexual assault in new lawsuit

Actor Jamie Foxx is to face sexual assault and battery charges.
Actor Jamie Foxx is to face sexual assault and battery charges. Photo credit: Getty Images

Actor Jamie Foxx faces sexual assault and battery charges in a lawsuit filed on Monday with the New York State Supreme Court.

The alleged incident occurred in 2015 at Catch NYC, a popular New York City restaurant, according to the complaint obtained by CNN.

CNN has reached out to representatives for Foxx as well as the plaintiff's attorney.

The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, claims in the suit that Foxx "intentionally and without consent used force to offensively touch Plaintiff's person," including groping her breasts and genitals. The complaint alleges Foxx seemed "intoxicated" at the time of the incident.

As a result, the complaint states the woman suffered and continues to suffer "physical and emotional injuries, anxiety, distress, embarrassment and economic harm," and is seeking an unspecified amount.

The plaintiff is also suing the restaurant's parent company, Catch Hospitality Group, and various related business entities as defendants for negligent hiring, training and supervision.

A representative for the company was not immediately available for comment.

The lawsuit was filed under the pretense of the New York's Adult Survivors Act, which went into effect in late November 2022 and allows adult survivors of sexual abuse to sue their abusers in New York – even if the statute of limitations on their claims had expired.

The law has given adult survivors of sexual assault one year to file lawsuits against their perpetrators and is set to expire on Friday.

Foxx had a medical episode earlier this year after he was hospitalised in Atlanta for an undisclosed medical condition. The Oscar-winner addressed his recovery for the first time in July.