Two women have accused Hollywood actor Chris Noth, of Sex and The City fame, of sexual assault.
Noth’s return to the spotlight as Mr. Big in an upcoming reboot of the hit show brought back painful memories of the alleged assaults, the women told the Hollywood Reporter. Noth denies the claims.
Actor facing sexual assault claims
“Zoe,” 40, works in the entertainment industry, where she says she crossed paths with Noth, then 49, in 2004 at a high-profile firm where Zoe — then 22 — worked in Los Angeles, California.
She says Noth raped her in his West Hollywood apartment, where he had invited Zoe and a friend to the pool. Noth, Zoe says, had lured her to his apartment by leaving a book by the jacuzzi and asking her to bring it up to him.
According to the Associated Press, Zoe was treated for injuries at a hospital, where she told staff she was assaulted, but did not disclose the assailant’s identity to police. She says she feared retaliation and that she would not be believed.
Her former boss says that Zoe told her of the assault soon after it happened, and that Zoe asked her not to share it. Although the alleged attack traumatized her, she kept it a secret until Noth’s return in the Sex and the City sequel.
“For so many years, I buried it,” she told the Hollywood Reporter, but “seeing that he was reprising his role in Sex and the City set off something in me.”
Noth denies allegations
“Lily,” 31, is a journalist who says she felt “violated” when Noth abruptly initiated sex at his New York apartment in 2015. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they had met at a nightclub where Lily, then 25 and “star-struck,” was working.
She told a friend he had “pretty forcibly” had sex with her, but she rejected the friend’s advice to go to the police. Text messages obtained by the Hollywood Reporter show that Noth told Lily he “wasn’t quite sure how you felt” about the incident, and that she replied that she “did feel slightly used.”
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Noth denied the claims.
“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,” Noth added.
“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 actor said.