Chris Noth has been fired from his role in The Equalizer following allegations of sexual assault. On Monday, CBS and Universal television made the announcement in a statement that said, “Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately.” The decision comes in the wake of his management company also removing him from the roster.
The actor played former CIA director William Bishop on the series, which stars Queen Latifah. Chris Noth will appear in one more episode of the show that has completed production. The decision comes days after The Hollywood Reporter revealed allegations of sexual assault against the actor made by two women. One claims Noth sexually assaulted her in 2004 in Los Angeles. And one alleges he assaulted her in his New York apartment in 2015.
In a statement to the publication, Chris Noth denied both allegations. “The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false, he told The Hollywood Reporter. The actor said the encounters were consensual, adding that he finds it 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.
After the story broke, A3 Artists Agency dropped Chris Noth as a client. A Sex and the City-themed advert he filmed for Peloton was also removed from the fitness company’s social media platforms. The ad was originally released following his character’s exit from the series And Just Like That, which airs on HBO Max.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Noth’s accusers did not know each other and contacted the publication separately. They used pseudonyms to retain their anonymity. The women said they were triggered after seeing that the Sex and the City actor would be reprising his role as Mr. Big in And Just Like That.
But the actor’s troubles don’t end there. A third woman came forward with sexual assault allegations against Chris Noth last Friday. In a report published by the Daily Beast, a woman who wished to remain anonymous said the actor had sexually assaulted her while she was working at a New York City restaurant in 2010. She was 18 years old at the time.
The 67-year-old’s co-stars broke their silence on the situation early this week. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis shared a joint statement supporting the women who have come forward. “We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth,” the Sex and the City actresses wrote. “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.”
Although he had been acting for years Chris Noth rose to fame for his recurring role as Mr. Big /John James Preston in Sex and the City. He reprised the role as the primary on-and-off love interest of series protagonist Carrie Bradshaw in the follow-up film and its sequel. However, he only appeared in one episode of the epilogue series – And Just Like That.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles police have said they are not currently investigating the allegations against Chris Noth as no criminal charges have been filed by any of the women.