“Sex And The City” Actor Chris Noth Denied The Multiple Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Him And Said Cheating On His Wife Is Not A “Crime”

This is the first time the actor has spoken out about the allegations since December 2021, when he was accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

This post contains discussion of sexual assault.

Once again, Chris Noth is denying the multiple sexual assault allegations against him.

Closeup of Chris Noth on the red carpet in a shirt and blazer

In December 2021, the Sex and the City actor reprised his role as Mr. Big in the HBO show’s highly anticipated revival, And Just Like That.... His return was short-lived, however, as his character died in the first episode.

Mr. Big. and Carrie Bradshaw sitting next to each other

A week after And Just Like That... premiered, Chris was accused of sexual misconduct by two women, who claimed that they were sexually assaulted by him on separate occasions in 2004 and 2015.

Closeup of Chris Noth

Chris vehemently denied the allegations at the time, saying in a statement: “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.”

Closeup of Chris Noth walking while holding his glasses

However, more accusations would follow, starting on Dec. 18, when a third woman came forward alleging that Chris sexually assaulted her in 2010 when he was 55 and she was 18.

Closeup of Chris Noth

Five days later, on Dec. 23, singer-songwriter Lisa Gentile also claimed she was “sexually victimized” and “sexually abused” by Chris in 2002.

The same day, an actor named Heather Kristin became the fifth person to speak out against the actor, alleging that she experienced “toxic” and “disgusting” behavior while working alongside him on four seasons of Sex and the City.

In spite of his initial denial, Chris’s career took an intense hit. Within a matter of days after the first accusers came forward, a Peloton ad he starred in was removed, he was fired from his role in The Equalizer, and he was also dropped from his talent agency.

Closeup of Chris Noth

It was also later confirmed by Variety that a fantasy sequence involving the actor was edited out of the And Just Like That... season finale in February 2022.

Carrie Cradshaw and Mr. Big holding hands in a scene from "And Just Like That..."

In December 2021, Chris’s former costars, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon, issued a joint statement, saying they were “deeply saddened” by the allegations, but support “the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences.”

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cynthia Nixon standing on the sidewalk in a scene from "And Just Like That..."

And now, in his first interview since the allegations surfaced, Chris claims that the only thing he is guilty of is cheating on his wife, Tara Wilson.

Chris Noth and Tara Wilson on the red carpet

“I strayed on my wife, and it's devastating to her and not a very pretty picture. What it isn't is a crime,” he told USA Today, before emphasizing his belief that the encounters were consensual and that betraying his wife was his sole transgression.

Closeup of Chris Noth

“You give yourself the same excuses that many men do; it's just a little side dance, and it's fun,” he said. “You're not hurting anybody. No one's going to know about this, you know, and sex is just enjoyable. And suddenly, a lot of people want to have sex with you. It's like, ‘Well, I'm not going to get this chance again.’”

Tara Wilson and Chris Noth

As it stands, no criminal charges have been filed, and the actor continues to double down on his initial statement from 2021.

Closeup of Chris Noth

“There's nothing I can say to change anyone's mind when you have that kind of a tidal wave,” he said, commenting on the swift fallout. “It sounds defensive. I'm not. There's no criminal court. There's no criminal trial. There's nothing for me to get on the stand about and get my story out, get witnesses. And there's even more absurd add-ons that are completely ridiculous, that have absolutely no basis in fact.”

Closeup of Chris Noth

Earlier this summer, shortly after the premiere of And Just Like That... Season 2, Chris shut down reports that he felt “iced out” by his former colleagues on the show, namely Sarah Jessica Parker.

Mario Cantone, Chris Noth, and Sarah Jessica Parker

“I usually don’t respond to this kind of thing. And I do know that people like drama and gossip... but this article […] is absolute nonsense,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot of a Page Six report. “Just thought you’d like to know.”

Closeup of Chris Noth

Sarah Jessica has not addressed Chris’s comments, although she told the Hollywood Reporter in May last year that she hadn’t spoken to him since the allegations surfaced in 2021.

Closeup of Sarah Jessica Parker

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.

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