Chris Noth Accused of Sexual Assault by Two Women – The Hollywood Reporter

It was the revival of the TV series that made him such a prominent figure that the two women were interested.

Zoe, now 40, and Lily, now 31, both claim they were sexually assaulted by actor Chris Noth. The two women – who got close The Hollywood Reporter apart, months apart, who don’t know each other – promotions and press reports told HBO Max’s Sex and the City sequel series and like that, in which Noth reprized his role as Mr. Big, evoked painful memories of incidents they say took place in Los Angeles in 2004 and in New York in 2015, respectively. to protect their privacy, THR Both women are allowed to use pseudonyms.

Lily, who is now a journalist, reached out to her THR in August. “I’m not sure how to handle this type of story and how to find other victims,” ​​she wrote in an email. THR I heard from Zoe in October. She still works in the entertainment industry and fears the repercussions if her identity is identified. But “seeing that he was reprising his role in it Sex and the City Something blew up inside of me.” “For many years, I buried him.” I decided it was time to “try to reveal his identity.”

Called for comment, sent Noth THR Statement: The accusations leveled at me by individuals I met years ago, even decades, are categorically false. These stories could have been 30 years or 30 days ago – doesn’t always mean no – that’s the line I haven’t crossed. The meetings were consensual. It is hard not to question the timing of the publication of these stories. I do not know for sure why they appear now, but I know this: I did not attack these women.”

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After graduating from college in 2004, Zoe—then 22—moved to Los Angeles to work an entry-level job at a high-profile company where Nuth and other celebrities regularly worked. He was walking past my desk and flirting with me. He somehow got my number from the directory and was leaving messages on my work phone. My boss was like, ‘Mr.’ said Paige leaving messages on your voicemail. That (now ex-boss) says THR I watched Nuth talking to Zoe on her desk. Zoe also let her hear some “kind of flirting” voicemails from him. The former manager says she thought it strange that Nuth, who was 49 at the time, got Zoe’s number and left those messages but said she didn’t find them annoying. “This was the climax Sex and the City‘, she says. ‘He was like a god to us.’

Noth used to live in New York but at one point, Zoe says, invited her to come by the pool in a building in West Hollywood where he had an apartment. She told him that she has a friend who lives in the same building and visits the pool often. In August of that year, she and her best college friend, who was visiting from the East Coast, excitedly went to the pool to meet Noth. The visiting friend confirms going to the pool and sitting with Zoe and Nuth in the jacuzzi.

Zoe says Noth asked her “all kinds of questions about my major and what I studied.” He had a book with him and asked her to look at it because he was thinking of doing a project based on the material. Then, according to Zoe and her friend, he said he had to go to his apartment to make a call. But he left the book, and asked Zoe to look into it and take it back to his apartment. Zoe was flattered: “He said, ‘I’d like to know what you think. “I thought, I’m new. He’s asking for my opinion – I’ve only been in Hollywood for two months.”

Zoe says that when she went to his apartment to return the book, he kissed her as she steps through the door. She accepted her hesitation but then said, “Thank you, I’ll get back to my friend.” The kiss itself did not frighten her. I thought a kiss from Mr. Paige would be a fun story to tell her friends. But she says he then pulled her toward him, moved her toward the bed, took off her shorts and bikini bottom, and started raping her from behind. She was facing a mirror. “It was very painful and I screamed, ‘Stop! “And he didn’t. I said, “Can you at least have a condom?” and mocked me.”

When it was over, she said, “I realized there was blood on my shirt. I got out of there. I went to my friend’s apartment [in the same building]. ‘ She says the friend who was visiting the college was already there. ‘I went right in and went to the bathroom and tried to get the blood out of my shirt. They wanted to know what happened. I said, “I just want to go home.” And the visiting friend chased after her, and said, “You scare me.”

That friend, now a child psychiatrist in Boston, tells us THR That Zoe was strikingly different when she returned from Nuth’s apartment. “I went straight to the powder room. When I came out she was very aloof, kinda cool. She is a very sociable, kind and friendly person. It was a very strange change.” I asked what happened, but Zoe said coldly that she would not talk about her personal life. “It wasn’t like her,” says the friend. “We left. It was awkward riding in the elevator. She wouldn’t speak. She wasn’t making eye contact. When we got into the car, I started pushing on her: ‘You have to tell me what happened. There’s something wrong.'” I don’t remember the words she said, but I said, “I’m taking you to the hospital.”

The two went to Cedars-Sinai, where Zoe told the staff that she had been assaulted. “I had stitches. Two police officers came in. She was afraid she wouldn’t be believed and felt she would be fired if I accused him publicly, or even at her workplace. At the hospital, they gave me a little crisis advice booklet and some medication.” Call him THRrice said THR They do not keep records going back to 2004.

According to Zoe’s former boss, Zoe called her later that day and told her that Nuth attacked her. (Zoe doesn’t remember making that call.) “I was driving behind where Soho House is now, and I thought I pulled up and stopped because it was so horrible,” her ex-boss said. She was very upset, kind of shocked. I was in shock.” But at Zoe’s request, she did not reveal the attack to anyone. “I was 25 at the time,” she says. “It was a lot. I didn’t know what to do.” She notes that this was more than a decade before the #MeToo movement.

Zoe says she’s starting to have nightmares and flashbacks. She was finding it difficult to concentrate at work, and her appetite was poor. In January 2006, she sought advice at the UCLA Rape Crisis Center. “I buried it as long as possible, after which I wasn’t really feeling well and finally went to the treatment recommended by the emergency department,” she says. (Without going into the specifics of Zoe’s situation specifically, Julie Banks, clinical director of the Rape Treatment Center, confirms that the facility treated her and says it’s not uncommon for sexual assault survivors to delay seeking treatment.)

Zoe was counseled for several months, and then, Zoe says, “for many years” she tried to bury the memory again. But recently, the need to expose the alleged abuse has increased.

Soon after the alleged rape, Zoe captured her mother, who consoled her and said she was also a rape victim. In 2018, Zoe’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. “When she was dying, her attack would haunt her,” Zoe says. “I don’t want to be in the same situation, as I was haunted at the end of my life.”

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Lily was a server in the VIP section of New York nightclub No. 8 that is now closed when she met Noth. She’s been a fan of her since he starred Law and order, And of course I knew him from satk. “I was really impressed with the stars,” she says. “He was definitely hitting on me. I was flattered. I knew he was married, which is a shame for me to admit.”

She was twenty-five years old. He was 60 years old. She did not get her number and was asked to come out. “I was like, ‘That’s crazy, Mr. Page is asking me out to dinner.'” He asked her to meet him at Il Cantinori, which, as a fan of the show, Lily knew it was the right place. satk episode. (Carrie Bradshaw is throwing her 30th birthday party there.)

Alex, a friend of Lily’s, whom she has known since high school and who also lived in New York, says she advised her not to go out with Nuth. “I didn’t have a great feeling about it,” she says. “She was like, ‘No, I think he’d be nice about that. He was very kind and respectful when I met him at the club. It’s just dinner. But I was always a mother to everyone. Also, when you’re in it, you don’t see the red flags.”

Lily thought that the fact that he had invited her to dinner showed some interest in getting to know her. But she says when I arrived at the appointed time, the kitchen had closed. They had wine at the bar where Noth talked about not wanting to show up in the third satk Movie. (This project was finally put on hold in 2017.) “He asked me a lot about my job and my path,” she says. She told him that she works in the profession of journalism.

As evening fell, she says, she had had a lot of drinking, even though she wasn’t close to losing consciousness. She says her fan adoration for Noth was such that she almost felt like she was going through an out-of-body experience on schedule. With the restaurant closed, he told her his apartment was around the corner. (Noth has owned an apartment in Greenwich Village since 1994.) He had a range of whiskeys they could sample. “I wasn’t very sexually active, and I wasn’t wild and crazy.” Laila says. Now, she finds it “humiliating” to admit that she doesn’t think he’ll try to sleep with her. “I thought, ‘We’ll drink whiskey and talk about his acting career. “It looks very stupid.”

The apartment was “a great place. We were listening to music, and he had all these books on art and fashion. He tried to deal with me. I enjoyed it with caution. He is older and looks older. He kept trying and trying and trying, and I had to say no more firmly and go. Then the next thing I knew, he pulled his pants down and he was standing in front of me.” She says he inserted his penis into her mouth.

Lily says she grew up that he is married and has children. (Nuth had married in 2012 and at the time had one child.) ​​ “He said marriage is a hoax. Monogamy is not real.” And the next thing I knew, “He was fucking me from behind on a chair. We were in front of a mirror. I was kind of crying like it happened.” When it was over, she said, “I went to the bathroom and put on my skirt. I was freaking out. Totally violated. All my dreams with this star I’ve loved for years are gone.” I called Uber. Revisiting this made her cry, but she says she finds the story telling free.

Lily’s friend Alex says she called her from the car. “She was kind of hysterical,” she says. Lily told her he had sex with her “with beautiful force,” and Alex said they should call the police. But Lily hadn’t heard of it. Lily says she doesn’t remember making the call.

By the next day, Alex said Lilly had begun trying to minimize the incident. ‘She said, ‘I’m overreacting, just forget it. But Alex says she listened to a voicemail that Nuth left on Lily’s phone. “It was, ‘Hey, I hope you didn’t take it any wrong last night. We had fun. I just want to make sure you didn’t take it the wrong way.’ To Alex, it looked like.” Too much, “I know I did something bad, but I’m trying to make it look like it wasn’t that big of a deal.” Lily remembers that message a little differently. . If we can keep this between you and me, that would be great,” she says.

THR Review the texts Noth and Lily exchanged in March and April 2015. In one of them, Noth sent a message: “By the way, I have to ask did you enjoy our night last week. I thought it was so much fun but I wasn’t quite sure how you felt.” Lily replied, “Well…I definitely enjoyed your company. Great conversation. Not going into detail about texting, but I felt like I was used a bit…Maybe this is better as a phone conversation but I can’t talk at the moment.” He didn’t say anything about his hopes to meet again for dinner or drinks. Lilly continued to respond in a friendly but noncommittal manner. At one point, she agreed to dinner, then canceled. She kept pushing him away, and they never met again.

“If you want a drink later,” he wrote in an exchange, “you don’t have to be at my place…although I have the best whiskey.” “Come and drink with me before I leave [town]. Oh, the mysterious… Where did you go. “

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