* This article contains spoilers for the first episode of ‘And Just Like That …’.
Chris Noth has been making headlines for several days, both for his participation in ‘And Just Like That …’ and for his private life. None of them have been positive. But, let us start at the beginning. Fans of ‘Sex and the City’ flocked to the reunion with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and more members of the legendary HBO series in its continuation, ‘And Just Like That …’, including Carrie’s husband , Mr. Big (Noth).
But those fans, many of whom idolized the couple like the Ross and Rachel from ‘Sex and the City’, encountered a script twist they weren’t prepared for: Big died of a heart attack after completing one. bike session at home. Such was the impact of the character’s death that it ended up having consequences in the real world. In the series it was mentioned that Mr. Big was riding a Peloton bike, who knew that their brand was going to be mentioned in the chapter and that one of their monitors would appear in the chapter but did not know how it was going to happen because it was not about advertising the product but about “a casting opportunity for one of our monitors” explained a spokesperson to Los Angeles Times. After the broadcast of the episode Peloton shares plummeted to worrying levels. The brand responded with a statement signed by a cardiologist, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, in which they defended themselves saying that Mr. Big was a character with “an extravagant lifestyle” marked by “cocktails, cigars and huge steaks”, in addition to having already suffered other episodes related to his heart (in the sixth season of the original series), so he was a person at risk. It states that using Peloton “It could have helped delay this heart attack. Peloton helps control the heart rate when used, so it’s safe.” explained Dr. Steinbaum. As the waters did not finish calming, Peloton took action. And here comes Ryan Reynolds.
Only 48 hours after the broadcast of the episode, Reynolds and his producer, Maximum Effort, recorded an advertisement with the participation of Chris Noth and Jess King, the company’s monitor., in which they had (with the voice-over of Reynolds) that Mr. Big is alive and happy with the instructor, both in front of the fireplace. Big offered the instructor “another session” because “life is too short not to do it”, in addition to highlighting that it feels “genial”, while Reynolds narrates the benefits of Peloton and repeats again that Big “its alive”. At least in the reality of the ad. The announcement was well received by fans. But more trouble was coming.
On December 16 the Hollywood Reporter released the news that two women had accused Chris Noth of sexual assault. The first case occurred in Los Angeles in 2004 and the victim was 22 years old when it happened. Noth was 49 and the series was in one of its peak moments. The woman describes how the actor left messages on her answering machine in which he flirted with her and her boss at that time confirmed that she had let her listen to some of the messages but she did not find it worrying because, of that, Mr. Big “he was like a god”. Noth invited her to the pool in his building and she went with another friend. After the three of them spent a while in the jacuzzi, he went down to his apartment and then told him to bring him down a book that he had left in the pool. When she entered he kissed her, she did not move away but told him that she was going back to her friend. He grabbed her, carried her to bed, undressed her, and sexually abused her. He ignored her cries of pain and request to stop and laughed at her when she asked him to at least put on a condom. The woman went to her friend’s apartment who asked her what had happened but the victim was in shock. He took her to the hospital, where she reported that she had suffered the assault but did not dare to say the name of the assailant. She also told her boss, who promised that she wouldn’t tell anyone (the boss was 25 when it happened) and her mother, who died of cancer in 2018. She decided to tell it now because seeing Noth come back to the fore with ‘And Just Like That’ “woke up something in her”.
The second case occurred in New York in 2015. The victim, who was then 25 years old, met the actor, who was 60 years old, at a nightclub. She was flattered that Noth was flirting with her because she was a fan. He assures that at the disco it was “good and respectful” with her. When he invited her to dinner she suggested one of the restaurants that had been featured in ‘Sex and the City’. But when they arrived the kitchen was closed so they stayed drinking wines at the bar. When the place was closing, Noth invited him to his apartment to try a collection of whiskeys that he had. She says she was so dazed by having one of her favorite actors in front of her that she didn’t even consider that there were ulterior motives. Once there he tried to kiss her and she tried to get away, until he took off his pants and began to rub his penis in her mouth. They had relationships in front of a mirror (detail that the previous victim had also mentioned) and she did not stop crying. At one point he mentioned his wife and he told her that “monogamy is not real.” A friend of the victim claims to have heard a message in which the actor told her that “he wanted to make sure he had not misunderstood last night” and the Hollywood Reporter claims to have had access to messages between the victim and Chris Noth in which he He told her that he had had a good time but “he was not quite sure how he had felt” and the woman replied that “he had enjoyed his company” but that “he had felt a little used”.
Chris Noth denies it, a third woman accuses him
The accusations have not taken long to also have consequences. Peloton proceeded to withdraw the ad they had managed to launch so quickly and issued a statement explaining why: “Any allegation of sexual assault should be taken seriously. We were unaware of the allegations when we had Chris Noth in our response to the HBO reboot. As we learned more we have stopped promoting the video and archiving related posts.”. The agency representing the actor, A3 Artists, has decided break your contract with the. Noth, for his part, has categorically denied the accusations, assuring that “those encounters were consensual” and that “It’s hard not to question when these stories came out. I’m not sure why they are showing up now, but I do know this: I didn’t assault those women.”.
But the storm is not close to clearing because on December 17 a third woman accused the actor of sexually abusing her at the New York restaurant where she worked as a waitress and singer. She was 18 and he was 55. He says that he had seen him before and that they had come to sing together. Also that he used to go overboard with alcohol. He says they were talking one night and he made her feel his erection. Another night he waited for her when they were picking up and, with the manager’s office lights off, he pushed her against the desk and tried to penetrate her but she was wearing a tampon. She says she tried to get away from him but he kept rubbing himself and was only able to get away when she told him she didn’t want to do it there and told him she would write him a new address, but she never did. A representative for Chris Noth has also denied this third allegation, saying it sounds “bad fiction” and remarks that his client “has never crossed that line”.