Universal Television and CBS said in a joint statement on Monday that actor Chris Noth, 67, accused of sexually assaulting two women, has been removed from “The Equalizer” and can no longer appear in any of the television series. Will not be able to film new episodes.
The move came into effect immediately, just days after women’s allegations against the actor surfaced in a Hollywood Reporter article.
A representative for Mr Noth did not comment on Monday night about the actor’s exit from the show, in which he plays former CIA director William Bishop and a friend of Robin McCall, played by Queen Latifah. Mr Noth will appear in an upcoming new episode as well as reruns of the show.
In a previous statement, Mr Noth said the allegations against him were “clearly false”.
In a Hollywood Reporter article, a woman said Mr Noth raped her in 2004, when she was 22 years old. Another woman said Mr Noth assaulted her in 2015, when she was 25, after a date in New York City. The women were identified by pseudonyms.
“These stories could have happened 30 years ago or 30 days ago – doesn’t always mean no – that’s a line I haven’t crossed,” the actor said. “The encounters were consensual. It’s hard not to question the timing of when these stories came out. I don’t know for sure why they’re coming out now, but I do know this: I didn’t assault these women.
In matching statements shared on Instagram Monday night, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, who starred alongside Mr. Noth in “Sex and the City” and also in the reboot, “And Just Like That,” said that They were “deeply saddened” to hear about the allegations against the actor.
All three women said, “We support those women who come forward and share their traumatic experiences.” “We know this must be a very difficult thing to do and we applaud them for that.”
After the article was published by The Hollywood Reporter, Peloton pulled out a popular online ad that featured Mr. Noth. The ad appeared after the first episode of “And Just Like That” on HBO Max, in which Mr. Big, played by Mr. Noth, dies shortly after finishing a peloton workout.
“Every single allegation of sexual assault must be taken seriously,” Peloton said in a statement. “We were unaware of these allegations when we saw Chris Noth in response to the reboot of HBO.”
One of the women who have accused Mr Noth said that “seeing that he was reprising his role in ‘Sex and the City,’ something struck me.”
In addition to his roles in “And Just Like That” and “Sex and the City”, Mr. Noth also had roles in “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife”.
Julia Jacobs Contributed to reporting.