by Monica Marie Zorilla | Variety.com
LOS ANGELES — Chris Noth has been dropped from CBS’ series “The Equalizer” after two women accused him of sexual assault, Variety has learned.
Nothing will be seen in an original upcoming episode of the series that has already been filmed, as well as repeat episodes of future episodes that have already aired but will no longer be part of the show. CBS did not comment further.
In a detailed investigation published last Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter, two women under the pseudonyms of “Zoe” and “Lily” contacted different publication months and shared their sexual assault allegations against Noth. He alleged that the incidents took place in Los Angeles in 2004 and New York in 2015.
Noth denied the allegations in a statement to THR, calling them “blatantly false” and claiming the encounters were consensual.
“The allegations against me by people I met years, even decades ago, are clearly false,” he said. “These stories could have been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago – doesn’t always mean no – that’s a line I didn’t cross. The meetings 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 beat up these women.
Noth played William Bishop in CBS’s reboot of “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah, which premiered in February 2021. He is best known for playing Mr. Big in “Sex and the City”, and he recently reprized the role, only to be killed by a Peloton-induced cardiac arrest, in its sequel “And Just Like That”. . Knuth also appeared in an ad for an exercise equipment company produced by Ryan Reynolds and his Maximum Effort marketing company.