Chris Noth, who plays Mr Big on Sex and the City is being ‘me-too-ed’ by two women who surfaced after years of silence to accuse the Hollywood star of sexual assault.
Who are the women accusing Chris Noth?
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the alleged rape victims, who go by the pseudonyms, Zoe (40) and Lily (31), approached the celebrity publication to speak out against Noth separately and months apart, following the top-billing promotion of HBO Max’s Sex and the City reboot.
Lily, a journalist by profession, blew the whistle to THR in August 2021 about how a night out with the star, who was 60 years old and married back in 2015, ended in a horrific experience that still haunts her to this day.
According to Lily, Noth had allegedly invited her out for dinner at IL Cantinori, a celebrity hangout that was also the set of a Sex and the City episode. What started out as a casual meet-up between two adults — Lily was aged 25 at the time — ended in a steamy kickback at his New York apartment.
While she admits to have reciprocated his kisses, albeit reluctantly since, you know, he was a married man, Lily contends she never gave Noth consent to penetrate her.
“He was having sex with me from the back in a chair. We were in front of a mirror. I was kind of crying as it happened. I went to the bathroom and put on my skirt. I was feeling awful. Totally violated. All of my dreams with this star I loved for years were gone,” she reflected.
Similarly, 11 years earlier in 2004, Noth had allegedly pursued a 22-year-old Zoe who, at the time, was a junior staff member of a celebrity firm that also represented Sex and the City‘s Mr Big.
Zoe and her former line manager corroborated key pieces of information to THR in October 2021 about how Noth had allegedly tracked down the 22-year-old’s number and solicited a meet-up at his West Hollywood apartment.
After a brief encounter at a swimming pool, where Zoe allegedly went with a friend who stayed at the same apartment complex, Noth allegedly lured the young girl to his room where, it’s said, he forced himself into penetrating her while she stared at herself in the mirror.
“It was very painful and I yelled out, ‘Stop!’ And he didn’t. I said, ‘Can you at least get a condom?’ and he laughed at me,” Zoe recalled.
Brands begin cancelling Noth despite his refusals
Responding to the rape allegations, Noth claims they “are categorically false.”
“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,” he said.
The refusal, however, has done nothing to stop brands from disassociating with the veteran actor.
Peloton, a health and fitness company, removed its ad campaign starring Noth. In a statement, the exercise equipment merchant said:
“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.”
HBO Max has yet to take decisive action in response to the claims against its star.