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Cuba Gooding Jr ‘saves man who accidentally set himself on fire’ at a party

Cuba stepped in to help when a man set his shirt on fire (Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for ELLE)

Cuba Gooding Jr has reportedly saved a man who accidentally set himself on fire while at a ‘socially distanced Shabbat dinner’. 

According to a report from Page Six. Cuba was at the event at the home of a tech CEO over the weekend with his girlfriend Claudine De Niro, when the host of the party managed to set his shirt alight on a candle. 

A source told the site that the actor had doused the man in water to put him out: ‘Cuba jumped into action hero mode and doused him with water in front of frightened guests, who applauded once it was clear the guy was OK.’

A rep for Cuba confirmed the news to Page Six, saying: ‘The back of the gentleman’s shirt ignited into flames from a candle that he unknowingly leaned back into while the rabbi was giving the Shabbat prayer. 

‘The man started panicking and flailing his arms, and guests backed away from the victim — except for Cuba, who ran to the gentleman and doused the flames completely.’

Cuba’s rep told Metro.co.uk: ‘Cuba is glad that the man is well and safe.’

Cuba was at a socially-distanced party when the man set his shirt on fire (Picture: AP)

The As Good As It Gets actor is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman at a hotel in New York. 

According to reports from Sky News, a lawsuit was filed in August, with the unnamed woman claiming she met the 52-year-old at a Manhattan bar in 2013, and was invited to join him for drinks at a nearby hotel, where she alleges he raped her. 

The actor has denied all allegations of sexual assault, with his lawyer Mark Heller saying in a statement: ‘My client is totally innocent of any of these false allegations and we’re confident it will be dismissed. 

‘She’s probably just somebody who’s looking for some glory to bask in the publicity and notoriety of Cuba Gooding Jr’s case.’

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