Two women have accused Sex and the City star Chris Noth of sexual assault. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both accusers reached out to the publication earlier this year, prompted by the impending release of And Just Like That …, the Sex and the City reboot.
The revival, which premiered last week, is centered largely around the death of Noth’s character, who plays a prominent role in the first episode.
The two women two women are now 40 and 31. The 40-year-old, whom THR identified with the pseudonym Zoe, said Noth raped her from behind when she visited him at his apartment in Los Angeles in 2004, while the second woman, identified as Lily, described making out with the actor at his apartment in New York before he thrust his penis into her mouth and “pretty forcibly” had sex with her from behind.
In a statement, Noth denied both accusations. “The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false,” he said. “These stories could’ve been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross. The encounters were consensual. It’s difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don’t know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women.”
The first accuser, Zoe, the then-22-year-old worked an entry-level job at a high-profile Los Angeles firm where Noth did business. The And Just Like That… star is said to have gotten her number from a directory and left several “flirty” voicemails on her work phone before she eventually accepted an invitation to come to the pool at his West Hollywood apartment complex.
She was accompanied by a friend, who corroborates the story.
Noth left a book for Zoe to look through before returning to his apartment to take a call, and asked that she return it to him once she was done. When she went upstairs, she says, Noth kissed her as soon as she stepped through the door. She says she kissed him back, then excused herself to return to her friend. That’s when he allegedly “pulled her toward him, moved her toward the bed, pulled off her shorts and bikini bottom, and began to rape her from behind.” Zoe claims that she yelled for him to stop, but he did not. And when she asked him to get a condom, he laughed.
Zoe returned to her friend with blood on her clothing, then went to Cedars-Sinai to get stitches. She reported the assault to the police, but did not specify that it was Noth who raped her. She eventually informed her boss (who confirms that she was in touch later that day), and two years later attended counseling at the UCLA Rape Crisis Center, which the center’s clinic director confirms to THR.
The second account comes from Lily, now 31, who alleges that Noth raped her in 2015. The 25-year-old worked as a server in the VIP section at a New York City nightclub, where she first met Noth and gave him her number. After they met for drinks at Il Cantinori — which happens to be the restaurant where Carrie celebrated her 30th birthday on SATC — Lily accompanied Noth back to his apartment when he made several attempts to make out with her before she got up to leave. That’s when he allegedly pulled down his pants and forced her to perform oral sex. She then describes him “having sex with me from the back in a chair,” also in front of a mirror.
After the incident, Lily’s friend Alex advised her to contact the police, but Lily refused and attempted to minimize the severity of what had happened. Alex claims that Noth left a voicemail for Lily to make sure that she didn’t take what had happened “the wrong way.” Lily says a voicemail Noth left her asked that she not talk to her girlfriends about their encounter.
Noth, who currently costars on CBS’ Equalizer reboot, recently reprised his role as Mr. Big in HBO Max’s Sex and the City revival And Just Like That…. His previous TV credits include starring roles in CBS’ The Good Wife and NBC’s Law & Order.
He also recently appeared in an ad for Peloton poking fun at Mr. Big’s demise in the And Just Like That… premiere. Peloton pulled the ad from its social media channels on Thursday after the allegations came to light and released a statement: “Every single sexual assault accusation must be taken seriously. We were unaware of these allegations when we featured Chris Noth in our response to HBO’s reboot. As we seek to learn more, we have stopped promoting this video and archived related social posts.”