As fellow star Kathy Bates was being introduced to a crowd inside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, Paulson, 42, greeted the actress as Gooding, 49, grabbed her sheath from behind. Although Paulson initially shrieked after discovering what Gooding was up to, the pair, who portray husband and wife on Season 6 of the FX anthology series, appeared to be in a playful mood as the event continued.
While neither Paulson nor Gooding has addressed the incident on social media, the Academy Award-winning actor was skewered on Twitter for his actions.
“@cubagoodingjr hi, dude. did you apologize to Sarah? you should if you didn’t bc what you did was Gross and Disrespectful,” one user wrote.
“FYI the reason @MsSarahPaulson is smiling is bc @MsKathyBates, then screams out of shock at the disrespectful actions of @cubagoodingjr,” another tweeted.
“Um… so is @cubagoodingjr allowed to get away with lifting @MsSarahPaulson skirt at @paleycenter? Total disrespect to a woman,” sniped another.
Gooding Jr.’s erratic behavior has raised eyebrows before. He gave an expletive-filled speech at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in December, while presenting an award to designer pal John Varvatos.
What is wrong with Cuba Gooding Jr.? – Page Six