Chris Noth axed from ‘Equalizer’ as third woman alleges actor sexually assaulted her
Embattled actor Chris Noth is no longer part of the cast of “The Equalizer,” it was announced Monday, after a third allegation of sexual assault by the actor emerged over the weekend.
“Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of ‘The Equalizer,’ effective immediately,” Universal Television and CBS said in a short joint statement to The Times. There was no further comment.
The show, which stars Queen Latifah and is currently on hiatus, has aired seven episodes so far in its second season. A new episode is due Jan. 2. The 67-year-old actor had apparently already filmed one additional episode.
Noth was also dropped by his talent agency, A3 Artists Agency, which had signed him in October.
Two women said they were triggered by Chris Noth’s role in the new ‘Sex and the City’ revival, ‘And Just Like That...,’ and came forward with their allegations.
“I can confirm that Chris Noth is no longer a client of A3 Artists Agency,” a spokesperson for the bicoastal outfit told The Times on Monday.
Last week, the “Good Wife” and “Sex and the City” actor was accused by two women of sexual assault in 2004 and 2015; the women said they were triggered by his return to the small screen and detailed their accounts in the Hollywood Reporter.
The next day, actress and director Zoe Lister-Jones accused the actor of misconduct on the “Law & Order” set. By Friday night, the Daily Beast published allegations made by a 30-year-old tech executive who alleged that Noth forced himself on her in the back office of a Midtown restaurant in 2010. She was 18 at the time.
Noth denied the first two women’s initial allegations, describing them as “categorically false,” and also denied those made by the tech executive in the Daily Beast.
Director Zoe Lister-Jones responded to a report about ‘Sex and the City’ star Chris Noth with allegations that he was ‘consistently sexually inappropriate.’
“The story is a complete fabrication, and the alleged accounts detailed throughout read like a piece of bad fiction,” a spokesperson for Noth said in a statement to The Times. “As Chris stated [Thursday], he has and would never cross that line.”
But the actor’s professional reputation is taking a hit.
Fitness company Peloton — which sells the stationary bike that went down in infamy after its apparent involvement in his character Mr. Big’s demise in “And Just Like That...” — promptly pulled a viral ad starring Noth. And a reported $12-million deal with Entertainment Arts Research Inc. to acquire his tequila brand, Ambhar, also fell through in the wake of allegations, according to the New York Post and Fox Business.
However, a spokesperson for Noth told The Times on Monday that “no definitive agreement was ever signed” with Entertainment Arts Research Inc.
We break down the good, the bad and the fabulous of HBO Max’s new ‘Sex and the City’ reboot, ‘And Just Like That ...’
Meanwhile, an old National Enquirer story about Noth’s ex-girlfriend former supermodel Beverly Johnson resurfaced on social media and dusted off 1995 court documents in which Johnson alleged that Noth “beat her” and made physical abuse and death threats. They dated from 1990 to 1995. No charges were filed against Noth.
For the record:
8:23 a.m. Dec. 21, 2021A previous version of this article reported that Chris Noth and Tara Wilson share two teenage sons. Their sons are 13 years and 22 months old.
Noth has since married actress and businesswoman Tara Wilson, with whom he shares two sons. The two attended the glitzy New York premiere for “And Just Like That ...” together earlier this month and showed a united front while kissing for the cameras. Other tabloid stories have focused on Wilson and her reaction to the allegations, including one of the women quoting him as allegedly saying monogamy is a “sham.”
It's a date
Get our L.A. Goes Out newsletter, with the week's best events, to help you explore and experience our city.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.