Chris Noth fired from CBS’s ‘The Equalizer’ & his ‘AJLT’ costars are ‘saddened’

"And Just Like That" A new Chapter of "Sex and the City"

Last Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter published their exclusive on Chris Noth. Two women had come to THR separately to tell their stories of being raped by Noth. Noth raped one woman in 2004, and the second woman in 2015. Both of their stories were credible, and they had witnesses and they told people what had happened to them at the time. Over the weekend, the Daily Beast published a third account from a third woman who had been assaulted by Noth when she was just 18 years old.

Following those stories, Peloton immediately removed their ad with Noth, and Noth was dropped from his agency, A3 Artists Agency. Now Noth has been fired from The Equalizer, the CBS drama he was part of with Queen Latifah.

Chris Noth is out of CBS’ drama The Equalizer as the actor faces allegations of sexual assault.

“Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately,” CBS and Universal Television, which produces the series, said in a statement Monday. He will appear in one more episode of the show that has completed production.

[From THR]

I wonder if they’ll kill off the character or maybe just write him off some other way. I don’t watch The Equalizer but I assume his character could die and the show would still go on rather easily. It’s Latifah’s show, Noth can be replaced.

Meanwhile, the women of Sex and the City/And Just Like That have finally made a statement. Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis all posted the same message to their social media.

Chris Noth’s And Just Like That co-stars are responding to the assault allegations against him. In the statement, which was posted to social media Monday and attributed to Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, the performers said they “commend” the women who have come forward. Noth’s character, Mr. Big, was killed off of HBO Max’s Sex and the City sequel series during the premiere episode.

“We are deeply saddened to hear 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.”

[From THR]

It is what it is. I hate this eagerness to “make” a sexual predator’s female coworkers speak about the predator or condemn the predator. It’s not SJP, Davis or Nixon’s fault that Noth was apparently raping and assaulting women. The only thing I blame Sarah Jessica for is her ego trip in reviving this stupid series and getting Noth to come back. She’s the executive producer, she’s not just a bystander.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth shoot scenes for upcoming 'Sex And The City' reboot 'And Just Like That'

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  1. Alissa says:

    the statement was not good, but also I’m not interested in holding his female coworkers accountable for behavior they likely didn’t know about.

    • Erica says:

      I doubt he completely hid who he was (he is known for being a drinker and kind of an ass and they all put up with it) but I agree-this isn’t on them to explain HIS behavior.

      • Twin falls says:

        “he is known for being a drinker and kind of an ass “

        Am I the only one who knows more than one man who fits this description? I’ve been inappropriately talked to by men once they’ve had too much to drink in all kinds of settings but I luckily have no idea if any have crossed the line into sexual assault.

        I don’t think it’s fair to put “they probably knew” onto anyone.

      • Eenie Googles says:

        Abusers hide who they are all the time.

        Let’s not say these women “should have” known because a) it’s untrue, and b)it’s located just a block over from insisting that victims of date rape “should have known”.

        When you say “they should have known,” what you’re really saying is “*I* would have known,” because it makes you feel safer, like you know what to look for and can see things coming. But you’re not safe from it, people don’t see things coming, and no one “should” be able to predict violence toward women.

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        I think there is a fine but distinct line between you inferring that they (sjp et al) should have known and saying you doubted that he “completely hid who he was.” It was a very vague statement open to all kinds of interpretation.

        IMO, it is less likely that he would let his predatory behavior on the loose on set since his bread and butter was at stake- also sjp has made comments prior to the premiere about how they were such dear friends. Were he to be skeevy to female staff, I don’t doubt it would have been addressed on such a female driven (and female audience targeted) storyline. Accounts indicated that he preyed on much younger women who were mostly in very subservient positions, mostly in the club he owned.

        However, to suggest that any of them knew and didn’t speak up suggests some internalized misogyny, either on your part, or perhaps those in the industry who *may* have suspected or known, but stayed quiet to save their careers in overtly misogynistic hollywood. Women should never be held to task for men’s behavior in a patriarchy.


    • MrsBump says:

      i actually thought it was a really good statement. it kept the entire focus on the victims , not on him, the series or anything else.
      i also dont see why SJP is being vilified for rebooting the series, she’s creating a a job for herself, her castmates and the many other people working on this. Whether the reboot is to my taste is a different matter altogether but I for one, am happy to see women her age put herself and others on screen.

      • Erica says:

        MrsBump I agree. I am not even watching the reboot (eventually I might but meh) but why is it a problem that somebody wants to continue to work on a beloved series?

      • Esmom says:

        I also agree. And while she did bring Noth back, it was really only just for a plot point and she didn’t intend him to be a full time member of the cast. Although I guess that could have all been done off camera.

      • Jegede says:

        @MrsBump – Yup

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t mind the reboot itself, and I think that’s true for many people here who criticize it; the issue was the way SJP attacked Kim Cattrall for not doing it, a pettiness and anger that even carried over into how they dealt with Samantha’s character in the reboot.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Agree with all your points.

        And SJP just created hundreds of jobs for people by making that series. If you don’t want to watch it for whatever reason, don’t watch.

      • minx says:

        They could have done it without Noth, though.That’s the problem.

      • Red Weather Tiger says:

        Bravo, Mrs. Bump.

      • Ninne says:

        @minx How could they have done it without Noth if his is such an important character? Plus, he died right in the first episode.
        Either way, I doubt that they hired him knowing that he was a rapist. I really don’t think it’s fair to blame SJP, MPK, and/or the show. The only one to blame here is Chris Noth himself and his (alleged) actions against those two women (or more).

        I will continue to watch AJLT, unless it really jumps the shark. It’s not the Chris Noth Show.

      • minx says:

        Ninne, as I said below there was 11 years between the last SATC movie and this series. That’s plenty of time to have Big die and Carrie ready to move on. Big is no more important than Samantha and they wrote her out. SJP and MPK chose to bring Noth back.

      • reid10 says:

        Totally agree. There are reboots on TV all the time, mainly produced by men. So why is it egotistical when SJP does it?

      • Lorelei says:

        @MrsBump, I was one of the people who thought it was so stupid for them to even have made this series in the first place, but your comment and the replies to it the in this thread just changed my mind. Especially regarding the jobs created, which somehow I hadn’t even thought about (?!). I think I was more focused on how determined SJP was to keep reviving it, how obvious it was that she just couldn’t let Carrie go, and how poorly she was treating Kim Cattrall. So thank you for making me reconsider (:

      • CarrieVirginia says:

        Agree entirely with you. I also have to say that I admire SJP for keeping her own counsel in the face of numerous comments made by Kim Cattrall.

    • Robyn says:

      Has HBO made a statement yet? I’m willing to wager that someone bts knew about him, even just through gossip. Someone ALWAYS knows. Risk assessment is part of projects being green lit.

      • Ashby says:

        I turned 28 today, so I didn’t see Sex and City when it originally came out.

        To me it jumped the shark with the 1st movie…the 2nd one was a total and a complete disaster, outright embarrassing.

        I wish SJP would move on and come up with something else.

        I would love to see more old women in the entertainment industry, because I think they have a lot to say on various topics and there is plenty to learn from them.

        I want to see women with grey hair and wrinkles on my screen, many of them are intelligent, accomplished, capable and a great example for younger generations of women.

        Chris Noth is disgusting and I hope he gets what he deserves and some, but SJP and for that matter nobody is responsible for his actions but Chris Noth!

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        Ashby, these women are not “old women” though. I mean. Really?

        I also want to see women of all ages on my screen and I have actually watched the third episode of AJLT when I wanted to hate it for other reasons (the materialism and everyone being rich), I actually find it relevant to current cultural discussions and interesting.

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        “Old women”

        Too funny.


      • Julieta says:

        I mean, his ex-girlfriend Beverly Johnsson literally publicly denounced him in the early 90s for physical assault and all kinds of abusive behavior including but not limited to death threats directed at her and her DOG (specifically, disfiguring her and slaughtering said dog),

        How did he go on to star in Law and Order and SATC after that baffles me.

    • minx says:

      Noth is the only one responsible for his behavior. But SJP and Michael Patrick King rehired him 11 years after the second SATC movie—Mr. Big could have been long dead, mourned, finished. MPK said this past May that he was “thrilled” to work with Noth again, and “How could we ever do a new chapter of the ‘Sex And The City’ story without our Mr. Big?” And not only did they bring him back, but they had lovey dovey scenes with Carrie and wrote her mourning their great love. Both SJP and MPG knew what Noth was, but evidently they thought his celebrity would protect him, as it had for decades. No one wanted this new SATC but SJP and MPK were determined to do it, and do it with Noth, so yes, they are responsible for that.

      • MrsBump says:

        Attacking women *without any proof* simply because they should have known that a colleague/friend is a rapist is the new attacking women for not talking about their rape earlier.
        Let’s keep the focus on Noth.

      • Robyn says:

        This has me thinking more about the group statement…SJP has more power (than CN and KD) in the dynamic as executive producer and a statement with MPK would have been more appropriate

      • Moneypenny424 says:

        Maybe I’m missing something, but when did this news drop? Didn’t this article come out after the first episodes aired? I’m confused as to when they were supposed to have known about the allegations.

      • minx says:

        MrsBump, the Beverly Johnson stories were from the 90s. Noth was picking up NYC girls for decades. They all live in NYC, they’re in entertainment, people talk. SJP and MPK did not have to hire Noth back and they did, and now look what happened. That’s not blaming them for Noth’s behavior. I bet at this moment both SJP and MPK wished they had killed Big off years ago.

      • MrsBump says:

        But it is blame, if you are implying that sjp condoned his behavior since she employed him.
        I’m curious to know if you are also blaming every single person from that time onwards who worked, was friends with or related to Noth? If everyone in NY knew, or who works entertainment knew, including gossip readers, that’s a pretty big list of people who are responsible for sitting by and letting him carry on raping women.
        Society has made huge strides with regards to sexual allegations in the past 10 years. Before that, it was his word against hers, and i have no interest in passing retrospective judgement on the women who did not rape anyone.
        I’m baffled though, why this insistence on blaming the women who have worked or were his costars? It makes no sense. I can understand not liking SJP but to try and pin this , even partially, on her is pushing the envelope

      • Lorelei says:

        @Robyn, ITA. The statement should have come from HBO and the producers of the show, and imo that’s what would have happened with any other production. This was sort of a unique case, I think? They only did it this way because it was a tight knit cast still closely associated with each other on a series that ran for over a decade (counting the movies), and the public was freaking clamoring for their reactions. His costars are in no way responsible for any bad decisions made w/r/t continuing to cast Noth.

        But I also don’t think it’s “attacking” the other cast members to say they must have heard some of the rumors about him. The NYC entertainment community is smaller than it may seem, and people talk. There’s simply no way they didn’t know about Beverly Johnson. It’s impossible that no one had heard a single word about his gross behavior over all of those years. The same was said about Weinstein— “everyone knew.”
        However, the only people responsible for acting on that knowledge are the producers of the show and HBO. And in this case, it does involve SJP.

        For all we know, the other women in the SATC cast knew *exactly* what he was, couldn’t stand him, and wanted him gone, but it was out of their control, so they just did their jobs. (I actually think this is probably the most likely scenario…?)

        Your point about how he continued to get work is valid, and now that we know what we know, I wonder why they even cast him in The Good Wife, but the people who decided to keep hiring him are the ones who have to reckon with that.

      • Lorelei says:

        Too late to edit, but his costars on The Equalizer haven’t been pressured into making statements (unless I missed it). Because the other actors have absolutely nothing to do with it. SATC is just sort of it’s own animal.

      • beauxblue says:

        interesting there is all this discussion about the need for the women of SATC to respond, but not the men. Granted the women are the stars, but there are a few men who have been a part of the series for years, if the women are held to a standard, why not the men? Certainly it makes no sense that SJP was aware, why bring Noth back knowing this is going to blow up.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    Glad to see some consequences for him. I’m guessing this did not come as a surprise to those in his life, because he’s being dropped and fired immediately, rather than suspended pending investigation.

    • Amy T says:

      Good point. (And I can’t help but picture Kim Cattrall, sipping wine on a terrace in Italy and absorbed in a good novel while her former castmates scramble to distance themselves from this mess.)

      • Erica says:

        I have no doubt in my mind that Kim also wasn’t surprised by this news about Chris. She worked with him for a lot of years too. All of these women had an idea he was at the very least, an asshole. But again-it isn’t on them to explain his behavior.

      • Valois says:

        Let’s not forget that Kim Catrall worked with Roman Polanski a few years ago and defended her decision afterwards.

      • Robyn says:

        Thanks for bringing this up @Valois. I posted a similar comment earlier that is now gone.

      • Lorelei says:

        Kim SO deserves to indulge in some schadenfreude right now after all of the crap she endured from SJP over so many years.

  3. SnarcasmQueen says:

    I don’t like the statement but what I hate more is the idea that they are expected to speak for his behavior.

    So yeah, it is what it is.

  4. Jegede says:

    What more do people expect them to say?

    I’ve long noticed that anytime, these men are accused of something – any woman who has so much as inhaled the same air as him, – is immediately equally culpable.😐😐

    Noth, like MANY men before him, could easily have kept this downlow, relying on his victims to conceal their horror & pain; ( his celebrity a powerful crutch), and these young women understandably did.

    It’s also likely they – including Queen Latifah – had heard rumours, but as there have been unpleasant crap said about ALL the SATC women’s private lives & Latifah especially has had to deal with BS for years, maybe that factored in perspective.

    Poor Bridget Moynihan was recently given the wringer on some talk show, to answer for Noth’s crimes.😠

    • Kiera says:

      These men are also very careful in who they go after. One of my moms best friends worked for years with Les Moonves and was shocked about the allegations against him and had a really hard time believing it. He had been a huge supporter of hers, poached her from a other company and pushed for her to get promotions time and again. Never tried anything inappropriate with her but she had heard he had affairs.

      I explained to her and my mom that he likely would never have done anything to Cindy, my moms friend, because when she came to work for him she had left a job as a CFO at a Fortune 500 and had connections and an established reputation. She had power and people in her corner. The women he and Chris Noth and Weinstein preyed on did not and that is what they count on.

      They act wonderful to the powerful women so that when one who isn’t comes forward they have these women on their side saying he couldn’t possibly. They use all the women around them but to different degrees.

      • The Hench says:

        “They use all the women around them but to different degrees” – such a great insight. Yes. This. They use some to abuse and some (unknowingly) to cover and/or enable the abuse. Let’s keep the blame where it lies – with the abuser.

      • Jaded says:

        They deliberately prey on much younger women, more naive and in support-type jobs (servers, bartenders, secretaries) or college students because they can intimidate them. Rape isn’t about sexual gratification, it’s about power. It makes these vile men feel omnipotent.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Kiera, could not agree more. “They use all the women around them but to different degrees” is a PERFECT description. (Katie Couric’s relationship with Matt Lauer comes to mind.)

        I thought that poor Bridget Moynahan just did the best she could and said she couldn’t comment on events she didn’t know about. If she’d said anything else, her name would have continued to be dragged on along with this entire mess, she she pretty much preemptively stopped any further questions about it.

    • T3PO says:

      I agree with this sentiment. We have no idea what they knew or didn’t know. I’m sure he could be a known ass but you wouldn’t necessarily jump to rapist from asshole. Plus I would think the cast was probably friends with some people and work colleagues with others.

    • Veronica S. says:

      There are likely red flags they missed, either out of inexperience or because they didn’t want to see them, but building on Bushnell’s point about the way men group women into categories, well…abusers do the same. They know who can be made into a victim and who can’t. In this case, his female costars were more famous and held more power, so he would’ve been on his best behavior around them. One only has to look to Weinstein and how many of his victims were successful women with some profile to see how powerful the culture of silence and shame is.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    This is the right thing to do. Now when does CBS fire Michael Weatherly for how he sexually harrassed and terrorized Eliza Dushku?

    • Lucy2 says:

      That one still puzzles me, Weatherly has cost them tens of millions of dollars because he’s an ass. And yet, still employed…

      • milliemollie says:

        Good ratings. As long as he’s bringing in more money than he’s costing them, they won’t fire him or cancel his show.

    • Haylie says:

      Milliemollie is right. As long as that show still brings ratings and profit, Michael Weatherly will still have a job. Even though his sexual harassment was literally caught in camera.

      And while in most instances, I don’t expect a show’s cast or a creep’s former cast mates to answer for someone else’s shitty actions, too many of Weatherly’s formers were too comfy publicly claiming he was a good man to them. Sasha Alexander, Lauren Holly, and massive hypocrite Pauly Perette can forever fuck off.

    • schmootc says:

      That’s the first thing I thought when I saw Noth got the boot and CBS was specifically noted as a booter. Why does Weatherly still have a job?! It’s true that Noth’s behavior clearly sounds worse/criminal, but Weatherly surely isn’t innocent.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    He should not have been hired for that job in the first place but at least Equalizer did the right thing by firing him after the allegations came out.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      I’m glad to see that The Equalizer fired him. Was a fan of the original series in the 80’s and a fan of Denzel’s Equalizer movies. It would be kind of cool to have DW come in as a guest star with a different character replacing Noth’s.

      It’s a bit of a weak statement from SJP/KD/CN. Really wasn’t expecting much from them in the first place.

  7. SexyK says:

    Its the right thing to fire him but I find it interesting AJLT killed off his character, Mr. Big then the very next week, we hear of the allegations (which I totally believe).

    I think the cast and producers of AJLT knew about Chris behavior towards women for many years but looked the other way. I didn’t know Chris was raping women but I definitely heard warnings to “stay away from him” for YEARS.

    • cassandra says:

      I was wondering if HBO/the execs knew this article was coming down the pipeline and called in a favor to have it held until the episode where he died. I agree the timing is suspect.

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      Big’s death is from the 3rd SATC movie script. There’s no conspiracy.

      • cassandra says:

        Not a conspiracy per the death, rather the timing of the release of the article. Imagine if THR released this article 2 weeks ago. It would have overshadowed everything.

        THR had definitely been researching and vetting the info and having their lawyers look over it. It’s also likely they reached out to HBO and Chris Noth for comment before publishing. I’d bet money somebody asked them to hold the release date a few days to weeks, that’s all.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ cassandram that’s an excellent analysis!! I think that you are right! THR certainly would have approached HBO and CBS in regards to their article. THR would have been researching this expose for months, if not longer.

  8. Becks1 says:

    I think the statement was fine – they acknowledged how hard it was for the victims to come forward, and they did not defend Noth at all.

    At this point though I bet they’re glad his storyline was what it was in the reboot.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      Agreed. His storyline is a technicality though. Apparently he still appears in 9 of 10 episodes.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Becks, seriously— they really lucked out with the timing (not that I’m glad for them considering the circumstances, but it’s the truth). They can easily edit out his scenes since they only would have been flashbacks or dreams or whatever anyway. It would have been a lot more problematic
      if he was in the entire series…I don’t think SJP would have loved the idea of shelving all of the remaining episodes and never airing them at all (JMO). It would have been another public SATC sh!tshow.

  9. ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

    I never watched SATC when it was first airing but I watched some episodes and the movies later on and like a lot of people know the story lines via absorption through the zeitgeist. Because I wasn’t a huge fan, I didn’t expect to be triggered as much as I was by these women’s stories. I thought that I was ready for them and I just wasn’t. I am processing this myself so please don’t take any of this as victim blaming. I think the part that bothered me the most is how much guilt some of the women must have felt for enjoying the attention from someone they identified as a romantic hero, never imagining that it would end up in assault. Especially the woman whose friend had a bad feeling and warned her not to meet up with noth. And it got me thinking about how all too often the uninformed public don’t understand the line between flirting/enjoying attention and wanting intercourse with someone. FLIRTING IS NOT CONSENT!!!! IGNORING YOUR INSTINCTS DOES NOT MEAN THE WOMAN WANTED SEX!!!!

    • Kitten says:

      Totally. Imagine being in your twenties and having a famous movie star come on to you.
      Also, from how the victims tell it, initially he showed a genuine interest in them and seemed very kind, engaging and charming—until he wasn’t. It’s completely understandable how they could become temporarily intoxicated by a man who turned out to be a dangerous and abusive manipulator. These dudes don’t wear a sign warning you–that’s why they’re able to do it over and over again.

      • Kate says:

        Exactly this. It doesn’t sound like he was dirty talking throughout their whole evening beforehand and showing his cards that what he wanted was sex. He talked to them like he cared about getting to know them and when you are that age (or honestly any age, but especially when inexperienced) having someone show genuine interest in YOU not your body is very disarming and would lower your guard. It’s the difference between having a nice, funny, engaging text chat with someone you meet on a dating app and having that person immediately send you a dick pic. In one you think, ok maybe he’s really into me, yeah let’s meet. In the other you know he just wants sex with any woman and can decline to meet him if that’s not what you want too.

      • schmootc says:

        He was nice enough to get their trust and then showed his real face/intentions when it was too late. I don’t know how you get to trust people/men again after that.

    • kimmy says:

      I graduated college in 2007. My girl friends and I were so into SATC and we watched it together over and over again. I knew who Chris Noth was. I can easily put myself in the same shoes as the women who came forward. I would have known him and liked that he was giving me attention. Its just truly terrifying how easily he got away with doing this. He preyed on these women.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      I just want to add, not as a way of contradicting your point but to add for relevance re this topic in general, many of these men TELL people that the woman was interested in them, even movie stars, but in fact the women are not and told told him that over and over.

      There’s a line culture repeats often to excuse these men which is “women throw themselves at powerful men.” Well, yes, some do, but not all women. So when a woman says she was raped by a powerful man, including a romantic lead (Noth has always been repulsive to me but I get that some liked him), it’s not even a given that she was in to him at all.

      I realize you’re referencing these specific stories, so again, not trying to correct you in any way but just adding this because I feel it should be repeated often re this topic.

    • Lorelei says:

      It’s similar to Virginia Giuffre’s situation— I read that at some point she said she was so excited to meet “a real Prince!” and that’s why she took that infamous photo with him. Many teenage girls probably would have done the same exact thing; I definitely would have.

  10. Mel says:

    There are plenty of people who are assholes, all of them aren’t rapists. He may have been a bit of a jerk on set, maybe he wasn’t, that doesn’t mean that he confessed his deepest thoughts/actions to these women or they knew what he did in his off hours. They are not responsible for his behavior and shouldn’t have to answer for it.

    • Goldie says:

      I specifically recall hearing rumors years ago that Noth was a rapist, not just an asshole, a rapist.
      I agree that his colleagues are not responsible for his actions. It’s one thing to hear rumors, but if there are no formal accusations, what is one to do?
      I just wanted to point out that the info about Noth has been out there for a while, since some people are acting like it’s brand new info, and no one had any idea he was assaulting women.

      • MelOn says:

        I’ve never heard a thing about him, he just seemed like he was loose with his zipper. That being said, every single one of us works with, has a neighbor or even family that beats their spouse or children, has and continues to sexually assault people, we just don’t know because people like this work hard to hide who they really are. That’s just for all those judgemental folks out there. As for rumors, would it be right for people to believe every rumor they hear about you?

      • Goldie says:

        @melon I specifically acknowledged in my comment that it is difficult to take action based on rumors and that, I don’t blame his colleagues.
        So, I’m not sure what your point is.

      • Memememememe says:

        @MelOn that’s very true… for instance, my husband and I were friends with a guy, hung out several times, he had been over to our house, the guy and I had made plans to take our dogs to the lake for walks but never went, he had borrowed my husband’s car once when we were out of town, etc…. and then one day he was caught SETTING A WOMAN ON FIRE in a kiddie pool in a lakeside park (the one we planned to take the dogs to!) after he had murdered her, cut out her heart, and peeled her skin off. Turns out he had been stalking his ex and had met a girl at a bar and took it out on her…. You just never know what someone is hiding.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Mel, I agree with you 100% — the difference here is that the Beverly Johnson story was known and had been published, but they overlooked it. If it wasn’t for that, I’d be right there with you. But that was public information.

      Which really makes one wonder WTF HBO, SJP, and MPT were thinking, hiring him. I guess the only answer is that the 90’s were just such a different time.

  11. LeonsMomma says:

    @cassandra Having worked for a newspaper, i bet THR did hold the story until a few episodes were aired.

    Here’s the thing: The Beverly Johnson accusations were in 1995, the show debuted in 1998, Mr. Big was introduced a year or so later. SJP was firmly established in NYC and no doubt read it. Also, there were rumors about him for years in NYC. Having also been at a newpaper where a well known person was exposed as a sexual assaulter, there were rumors of it for years and the legal processes to get it published were crazy, including calling the predator and his attorneys to get comment or refute before it was published.

    SJP et. al. knew this was coming, just too late in the filming game to reshoot. And to give them time figure out where the wind was blowing for what kind if apology. (Or maybe they found out half way through and killed him off—there were rumors of a lot more scenes being filmed of SJP and Noth.)

  12. AmelieOriginal says:

    He played a smarmy and sleazy guy so swell on Sex and the City, it’s no wonder he is one in real life. Obviously not all male actors who play those kinds of roles are like that in real life but a lot of them are turning out to be like that unfortunately.

  13. Chrissyms says:

    He was recast before these allegations were released. They brought him back to the show and immediately killed him off. They weren’t eager to spend that much more time with him. It would be terrible for the show if Big and Carrie were still in the vortex. He made these terrible choices on his own. I wonder if he still drinks. I feel so bad for the victims.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Chrissy, I know how cynical this is, but I think the timing was specifically so that the entire season would revolve around Carrie processing her loss. It just seems that SJP not only can’t let this character go, but she needs Carrie to remain the center of attention at all times. JMO

  14. FHMom says:

    Haha that pic of SJP in the red jacket is making me feel good about myself.
    Chris Noth needs to just go far away. This story keeps getting worse and worse.

  15. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    On another post I commented about how good he looked in a suit. I would like to publicly throw myself on a sword and apologize.
    Reading about this has made me want to bleach my brain.
    Those women coming forward? I totally believe them. full stop.
    I can’t begin to imagine…

    • minx says:

      Nah, don’t apologize—I was a fan of his too. Now I can’t even look at pics of him, he looks so skeevy and dissipated.

    • schmootc says:

      I was a fan of his too. If people who actually knew him were fooled, I don’t think we should feel guilty.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      @minx and @schmootc
      Thank you. It helps knowing I ain’t the only one

    • Lorelei says:

      @MerlinsMom you are definitely not alone! I really liked him too, as did tons of people I know. Mr. Big was a *huge* thing back in the day for fans of the show. I met him once and was so excited, and now I’m repulsed that he even touched me. When I first saw only the headline, I misguidedly hoped that somehow it wouldn’t be true, but after reading that article there was obviously no way — these accusations are too credible and I believed the women immediately. But it was definitely a bummer for a lot of people who liked him. I also watched him for years on The Good Wife. We shouldn’t feel guilty; we had no idea.

      However I am now wondering how the FCK that Beverly Johnson story & article stayed buried for all of these years?? How on earth??

  16. Dee says:

    Queen Latifah is a strong enough lead on The Equalizer that she doesn’t need Noth’s character anyway. I hope they choose another woman to take his place.

  17. MKD3 says:

    Variety has also published an article about Bryan Singer. I was hoping it would get more notice because he’s been an abuser for so long!

    • Haylie says:

      Singer keeps skating by. Too many people still covering for him who will pretend to be shocked if he’s ever truly exposed.

      • Courtney B says:

        I’m still surprised but not shocked that he skated during the height of #metoo when big names were falling right and left.

    • Lucy says:

      I read that last night! The pictures of the young man when he was 18 were disturbing, he literally looked 12 to me.

  18. Vee says:

    This news makes me wonder if Noth’s behavior or rumors thereof factored into Kim Cattrall’s decision to skip the whole mess.

    • Jaded says:

      I still think it was her very public rebuke to SJE, who had mean-girled her years (along with KD and CN) when Kim’s brother committed suicide. SJP should have made her condolences private but no, she had to post a *heartfelt* message on social media and Kim rightfully clapped back. Who’d want to go back into that nest of vipers again? Although I’m sure most in the industry knew Noth was a womanizing jerk, just not to the extent that has been revealed.

  19. WithTheAmerican says:

    I agree re the women coworkers – why should they be asked to answer for every man they’ve ever worked with.

    I mean, WTF. Hold men accountable for their actions.

    And on this subject, if women were not to work with possible sexual assaulted or harassers, they could literally not make a single film or TV show. Every single one I ever worked on had at least one total creep.

    On the other hand, when it comes to making hiring decisions, it would be important for women who finally get some lower like SJP has as producer to NOT hire those men who’ve been rumored to have raped women. While this would narrow the field a lot, isn’t it the point of having more women at the table? If we don’t stand up for other women, who will.

  20. Courtney B says:

    It’s a bit ironic that if there wasn’t the much criticized reboot and all the attention he may still be working. He’s been in two seasons of The Equalizer but he’s minor there. Even though he was only in one episode of the new SATC there was so much PR it was enough to make the women come forward. Bet he wishes he hadn’t signed on. Sometimes things just align like all the rumors about Cosby that percolated for years until a comedian made a joke about it that got widespread attention. Then the floodgates opened. And once they open they don’t close. I think we’ll hear more stories as women become emboldened by the numbers and reaction.

  21. TeeMajor says:

    I just recall him giving his input speaking on Kim Cattrall’s experience on working on the show w/Sarah Jessica Parker–trying to dismiss what KIM was saying so he gets a big FU.

    There has been talk of him abusing model, Beverly Johnson but folks just tallied it up to she was bitter. HE is trash, in my eyes.

  22. Bex says:

    And just like that…the consequences of his actions.