The news of Chris Noth, star of Sex and the City, being accused of sexual assault by two women stunned not only the Internet but the entire world, especially those who adored his character, Mr. Big, on the show.
The two women, Zoe and Lily (both pseudonyms), told The Hollywood Reporter about their sexual assaults at the same time and said that seeing him promote Sex and the City sequel, "And Just Like That..." brought back memories. That is why they have decided to speak up and come forward.
Chris Noth has denied all the allegations, calling them "categorically false" and mentioning that their encounters were consensual. He said in a statement, "The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago 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. 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."
Chris Noth’s friends and co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis have decided to address the sensitive yet very important matter, which involves their dear friend, but also women who were victims of his behavior. The actresses, in a joint statement, said, "We are deeply saddened to hear about the allegations against Chris Noth. 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. "
There was another woman who came forward last Friday with a sexual assault allegation against the actor, and The Daily Beast published the report. Ava, a 30-year-old female tech executive who wishes to remain anonymous, revealed that the actor sexually assaulted her in 2010 while she was working as a hostess and lounge singer at Midtown Manhattan restaurant Da Marino. Ava was 18 while Chris was 55 at that time.
She is a friend of the reporter, who published the news on the Daily Beast and had mentioned that Ava told her about the assault the day after it took place in 2010, and she has been dealing with the trauma ever since. Ava read the article published by The Hollywood Reporter describing both the sexual assault victims’ incidents, which is when she had some courage to speak up for herself to free herself from the trauma.
Ava, who had just graduated from an acting conservatory and was looking for a job to supplement her career at that time, explained to the publication, "They were looking for a pretty hostess that could draw people to the restaurant and double as entertainment on nights where they had a pianist play Broadway show-tunes." She stated that her job was to stand in front of the restaurant and persuade passersby to go inside and dine, as well as to fill the space so that she could perform.
Going further, she mentioned, "When Noth came to Da Marino, he was always intoxicated. I cannot remember in detail how many times we spoke, but with great familiarity, one night he told my boss I would sing with him even though I hadn’t filled the restaurant yet." Ava added that Chris told her "I love Canadian women" while pulling her onto his lap, groping her, and pressing her against his erection. Ava said that she was confused at the time, but on some level, it was exciting because she was getting the attention of Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big in Sex and the City, and added, "I remember how electrifying his hand, the hand I watched hold Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, felt grabbing me."
Ava’s shift ended at 1 a.m. and her manager informed her that he’d pay her in the office, where she remembers that the actor had made his way into the office and acted as if the two of them had intentionally snuck off together clandestinely. She quoted, "At first, it felt as though I was the only person in the universe who could hear me saying no." Ava said that Chris began kissing her and pressed her body against the desk and pulled her pantyhose down to digitally penetrate her until she found her tampon, after which Ava thought that this might be the end, but the actor asked her if she was at the end of her period while continuing to grope her. The lounge singer at that time slid into an office chair to create some distance between the two and shared that her limbs hurt in the morning because she had to press her arms and legs against his strong and heavy body while pushing him away.
"He wasn’t hearing ‘no,’ but he heard me when I said ‘not here’ and convinced him that I would meet him somewhere else," she added. The thought or idea of relocating to his place gave Ava a chance to escape, and Chris told her that he’d send a car, but Ava had no intention of going back to his apartment. When Ava tried to confide in the owner of the place, she had to hear, "They told me Chris Noth would never be interested in someone as insignificant as me. I never went back. " Ava’s close friend James added to her story by stating, "Ava is an open book, particularly among her close circle of friends, and this incident was no secret to us."
Three years ago, when the #MeToo movement was at its peak, Ava started to come to terms with what had happened to her in the dark office, and she wrote a Facebook post about the horrific episode while being anonymous. But she added that Chris Noth was never the headline, and his name was never on the list. Chris Noth, on his third allegation, said that the accusations were "a complete fabrication, and the alleged accounts detailed throughout read like a piece of bad fiction."
Following the allegations, Chris Noth has been dropped from the ‘The Equalizer’ series, in which he played William Bishop for two seasons and will be appearing in one more episode that has been filmed already. He was also dropped by the A3 Artists Agency following the sexual assault allegations and his character Mr. Big also passed away in the sequel And Just Like That.