In December 2021, two women accused Chris Noth, best known for his roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City, of sexual assault. According to The Hollywood Reporter, neither woman knew about the other, but the press for the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That, brought up painful memories and encouraged them to speak up. News of the allegations led to Noth’s character, Mr. Big, being killed off the show (via Variety). Noth also lost his role in The Equalizer, which stars Queen Latifah.
On Noth’s side, he denies these attacks ever took place. “The allegations made against me by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false,” Noth wrote in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “These stories could have been written 30 years ago or 30 days ago – no always means no – that’s a line I haven’t crossed. The encounters were consensual.” He went on to say it was “difficult” not to question the “timing” of the allegations, adding, “I did not attack those women.”
As of Dec. 23, three other women had accused Noth of the assault (via Variety). In the immediate months after, the actor took a hiatus from public appearances and social media. However, he quietly returned to Instagram in February. Now he’s aiming for an even bigger comeback, making his first major acting appearance since the allegations surfaced.
Chris Noth’s big return
Chris Noth juggled some big performances as several women came forward with their sexual assault allegations. And while the fallout had several shows, including The Equalizer and Law & Order, that struggled to make up for the absence of its characters, Noth seems to have pursued other paths. According to Page Six, the actor appeared in a local theater production of a play called “Rhinoceros,” written by Eguene Ionesco. According to a source who attended the play in Barrington, Massachusetts, the show was a hit.
“It went down well. He got a standing ovation at the end,” the source wrote. On August 27, Noth promoted the event on his @christnoofficial Instagram account. “Rhino in Great Barrington? It’s absurd…isn’t it? Come to us before you grow your own horn,” he wrote. In the post, Noth included several slides of models to promote the event.
It is currently unknown what Noth’s career in television and film will be like. However, according to this IMDb, he has two projects — “Someday Sometime” and “Brooklyn All American” — in pre-production.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN.org for additional resources.