Facing penalties. Chris Noth has been fired from The Equalizer after a number of ladies accused him of sexual assault.
“Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately,” Universal Television and CBS confirmed in a joint assertion on Monday, December 20.
During his run on The Equalizer, Noth, 67, performed William Bishop, a former CIA director who acts as a liaison between vigilante Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) and the federal government company the place she additionally used to work.
The Sex and the City alum’s exit from the CBS present comes after two ladies accused him of sexual assault in an exposé printed by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, December 16. The ladies, who used the names Zoe and Lily within the report, mentioned that they got here ahead as a result of they have been triggered by current promotion for Noth’s HBO Max sequence, And Just Like That.
Zoe, who was 22 on the time of the alleged assault, claimed that Noth “rape[d] her from behind” in 2004 after she met him at her Los Angeles workplace, which dealt with business with high-profile superstar purchasers. The former Law & Order star allegedly invited her to his West Hollywood condo, the place he assaulted her.
“I realized there was blood on my shirt,” Zoe recalled of the “painful” expertise. After the alleged encounter, she went to the hospital, the place she acquired stitches. Two cops got here to talk to her, however she didn’t identify Noth for worry that she could be fired from her job.
Lily, the second lady within the report, claimed she met the Good Wife veteran in 2015 when she was 25 and dealing as a server at a New York City nightclub. She alleged that he invited her again to his condo, the place he instructed her, “Monogamy is not real.” The actor has been married to Tara Wilson since 2012 and the pair share sons Orion, 13, and Keats, 21 months.
Though Lily believed they have been simply going to speak, she claimed that Noth raped her “from the back in a chair,” including that she was “crying as it happened.”
The Wisconsin native denied the allegations in an announcement to Us Weekly on Thursday: “The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false. These stories could’ve been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross. The encounters were consensual. It’s difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don’t know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women.”
Zoe Lister-Jones later recalled her personal expertise with Noth, whom she labored with as a visitor star on Law & Order, alleging that he had been “inappropriate” and “drunk” on set.
“Part of being a woman in this world is taking a certain amount of pride in knowing how to handle yourself in these situations. … My experiences are small in comparison to the accounts of assault that have been so bravely shared today,” she wrote by way of Instagram on Thursday. “But navigating predation at any level is a burden all women have to bear. And for the most part there is no accountability, and no consequence.”
One day later, Deadline reported that Noth was dropped by his illustration at A3 Artists Agency. The transfer got here shortly earlier than a 3rd sufferer accused the actor of assault whereas working as a hostess and lounge singer at New York’s Da Marino restaurant in 2010, per the Daily Beast. (At the time of the alleged incident, she was 18 and Noth was 55.)
A rep adamantly denied the claims, telling People, “As Chris stated yesterday, he has and would never cross that line.”
If you or somebody you already know have been sexually assaulted, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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