Chris Noth, star of ‘Sex and the City,’ disputes sexual assault charges and questions the timing.
Chris Noth, well known for his role as Mr. Big in HBO’s “Sex and The City” and the iconic show’s current revival, “And Just Like That…,” has denied sexual assault allegations.
Two women described only by pseudonyms, Lily and Zoe, accused Noth, 67, of sexual assault in separate episodes dating back to the early 2000s, according to an article published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter.
“The claims leveled against me by people I met years, if not decades, ago are totally untrue,” Noth stated in a statement to USA TODAY. “These things may have happened 30 years ago or 30 days ago – no always means no — that’s a boundary I didn’t cross. The interactions were mutual. It’s tough not to wonder about the timing of these articles. I’m not sure why they’re coming to light now, but one thing is certain: I did not abuse these ladies.”
Zoe, who contacted THR in October, told the publication that she met the actor in 2004 when she was 22 and working at a “high-profile company where Noth and other celebrities often conducted business,” according to THR. She said he flirted with her and then took her to a West Hollywood building’s pool before inviting her to his apartment, where she claimed he raped her.
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Zoe said she went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with a friend and informed staff she had been attacked but refused to tell police who had assaulted her for fear of retaliation and not being believed.
Lily, who contacted THR in August, claimed she met Noth at a New York City nightclub in 2005, when she was 25 years old. She said he invited her to dinner before bringing her back to his place, where she “cautiously entertained” him kissing her but became uncomfortable with his sexual attempts and was “sort of sobbing” while he had sex with her. Lily claimed she felt “completely molested” afterwards and informed a friend, but she declined to call the cops.
According to police Sgt. Hector Guzman, the Los Angeles Police Department investigated if there was an active investigation regarding Noth and discovered none. According to sheriff’s Capt. Richard Ruiz, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s special victims department likewise has no outstanding investigations.
The charges provoked a scathing online statement from actress Zoe Lister-Jones, who worked with Noth while he was a guest star on a “Law & Order” series.
“Last week, a buddy asked how I felt about Mr. Big’s death on And Just Like That, and I honestly answered, ‘I felt relieved,'” she posted on Instagram. “When he asked why, I said that I couldn’t separate the actor from the guy, and the man is a sexual predator.”
During one take, Lister-Jones leaned in to sniff her neck and murmured, “‘You smell lovely.'”
Noth questioned the timing of the charges, pointing out that the piece was released a week after the highly anticipated “Sex and the City” revival premiered. “And Just Like That” startled viewers when it killed off Noth’s character with a heart attack during a Peloton ride, catapulting the actor back into the pop-cultural zeitgeist and landing him a quick-turn commercial with the stationary bike business.
Following the complaints, Peloton removed the video ad from its social media sites on Thursday.
When asked for reaction, a Peloton spokeswoman issued the following statement: “Every allegation of sexual assault must be handled seriously. When we highlighted Chris Noth in our reaction to HBO’s revival, we were ignorant of these charges. We have ceased advertising this video and preserved relevant social postings as we strive to learn more.”
“Sex and the City” first broadcast in 1998 and ran until 2004. HBO announced earlier this year that it would revive the program, which debuted on December 9 and continues to release new episodes on a weekly basis.
Noth moved on to parts in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Good Wife,” and repeated his Mr. Big character in the 2008 and 2010 “SATC” movies after first playing Mr. Big, the hotshot CEO who serves as Carrie’s major love interest (and subsequently, spouse) throughout the series.
He is presently starring in Queen Latifah’s CBS thriller “The Equalizer,” where he portrays an old friend of Latifah’s character who operates a private security firm after years as a CIA director. CBS and Universal Television, which produces the show, did not respond to requests for comment.
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