'And Just Like That...' Stars Address Chris Noth Sexual Assault Allegations

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday December 21, 2021

Chris Noth, famed for his role as "Big" in "Sex and the City" — and swiftly killed off in the first episode of the HBO Max sequel series, "And Just Like That..." — has been accused by several anonymous women of sexual assault. His female former co-stars have recently expressed their support for Noth's accusers, a Hollywood Reporter article said.

In a joint message posted to Cynthia Nixon's Instagram, "And Just Like That..." stars Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kristin Davis declared themselves "deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth," and added: "We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it."

The message followed Noth's firing from CBS' "The Equalizer" and his being dropped by A3 Artists Agency.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story on Dec. 16.

Variety detailed that "Two women, who spoke anonymously, separately approached The Hollywood Reporter months apart and shared their sexual assault allegations against Noth."

"Zoe, who works in the entertainment industry and is alleging rape, told THR that her assault occurred in 2004 in Los Angeles," Variety said. "Lily, a journalist, said she was assaulted by Noth in 2015 in New York City."

A third woman "accused Noth of assault, in 2010," Variety added, referencing an item published by The Daily Beast.

In a statement, Noth acknowledged what he called "consensual" encounters with each of the first two women, but "categorically" denied that any assault took place, reports detailed.

"The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false," the statement declared.

"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 went on to state. "The encounters were consensual."

"It's difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out," the statement went on to say. "I don't know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women."

As for the third woman, "Chris has no knowledge of who this individual is," according to his representative, Variety reported.

The allegations overshadowed a flap over Noth's character, Big, dying of a heart attack at the end of the new show's debut episode, after Big had completed a Peloton workout session. The story beat "preceded a drop in the company's stock price" the following day, according to The New York Times.

Peloton produced a parody ad that featured Noth in the wake of the new show's first episode, but that ad was quickly pulled when news of the allegations broke.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.