Comments made by Chris Noth when playing a rapist in a 2016 indie film, saying ‘there’s always dirty little secrets in a lot of men’ and ‘the instinct to be a predator is firmly in the male psyche’, have resurfaced in the wake of allegations of sexual assault made against the actor.
The star, 67, famous for playing love interest Mr. Big in Sex And The City, was cast as a predatory New York lawyer in gritty drug drama White Girl. In one scene the character rapes a vulnerable young woman from behind after she passes out drunk.
Social media users have drawn attention to the similarities between the scene and the recent allegations of rape made by two women, who both accused Noth of raping them from behind – one in 2004 and one in 2015. Noth vehemently denies the allegations and says the encounters were consensual.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘If you watch that harrowing scene and read his accusers’ accounts, the similarities are hard to miss.’
Others drew attention to press interviews Noth gave about the film at the time, including one with Esquire in which he said: ‘I think [writer-director Elizabeth Wood] tapped into something, that there’s always dirty little secrets in a lot of men, who, when given the opportunity, will go to a place they wouldn’t even admit to themselves maybe, when it comes to sex.’
He continued: ‘There are a ton of predators out there, and the instinct to be a predator is firmly entrenched in the male psyche, I think.
‘…Given the opportunity human beings can go to a very ugly place. My main point is I think that no one can really know anyone, and there’s a lot of different things that can happen to a person under certain circumstances.’
Chris Noth was cast as a predatory New York lawyer in gritty drug drama White Girl. In one scene the character rapes a vulnerable young woman after she passes out drunk, pictured. The scene, and comments the actor made while promoting the film, have resurfaced
While promoting White Girl, Noth, pictured on December 8, said ‘there’s always dirty little secrets in a lot of men’ and ‘the instinct to be a predator is firmly in the male psyche’
Speaking in 2016, Noth explained he almost refused to play the bad guy in White Girl, admitting to Amny: ‘I just thought it was too ugly.’
Social media users have taken to Twitter in recent days to comment about Noth’s appearance in the indie film, which follows a New York college freshman as she tries to get a drug dealer out of jail.
American author Morgan Jerkins said on Twitter: ‘One thing I can’t get out of my head about the Chris Noth allegations: he plays a rapist in a movie called “White Girl.”
‘And if you watch that harrowing scene and read his accusers’ accounts, the similarities are hard to miss.’
‘The Chris Noth allegations are especially disturbing when recalling a certain scene from the movie White Girl,’ another said.
A third added: ‘I feel like no one is mentioning that Chris Noth played a NYC attorney that raped an intoxicated young girl from behind in the indie film White Girl.’
Last week, Noth was accused of rape by two women, who both shared details of their alleged assaults with The Hollywood Reporter – with one of the women saying she was just 22 when Noth, then 49, attacked her and left her needing stitches.
The report led another woman to come forward and accuse Noth of groping her, while actress Zoe Lister-Jones recalled behavior that made her describe him as a ‘predator’.
On Monday evening, the actor’s Sex and the City co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, issued a statement about the accusations made against him, saying: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth.
‘We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it.’
In White Girl (above), Noth plays a sleazy lawyer who takes advantage of a vulnerable woman. The role has been highlighted by social media users in the wake of recent rape allegations
Reaction: Social media users have took to Twitter in recent days to comment about Noth’s appearance in the indie film, which follows a New York college freshman as she tries to get a drug dealer out of jail
Noth (pictured in White Girl), who has vehemently denied the allegations, played a sleazy New York lawyer in the director Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl, who raped a woman while she was unconscious
The Hollywood Reporter published the explosive allegations against Noth, which the actor has vehemently denied.
In the report, both accusers — who went by pseudonyms Zoe, now 40, and Lily, now 31 — claimed that Noth raped them from behind in front of a mirror.
The first attack allegedly took place in 2004, while the second reportedly occurred in 2015, three years after Noth married his wife, Tara Wilson, with whom he has two children.
Both women claimed that the recent publicity surrounding the Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That… ‘stirred painful memories’ of their encounters with Noth and ‘triggered’ them to go public with their claims.
The first, Zoe, said she met Noth while working ‘in an entry-level position at a high-profile firm where Noth and other celebrities regularly had business’ in 2004.
She claimed that the actor — who was then at the height of his Sex and the City fame and, according to Zoe’s then-boss was seen as a ‘god’ by her and colleagues — began flirting with her in the office.
Noth, pictured with his wife Tara Wilson this month, has denied the allegations against him
Wilson, 42, was seen without her wedding ring on Monday when she was pictured for the first time since the allegations were made against her husband
Wilson didn’t appear to be wearing her wedding ring on Monday (left); she was last seen wearing it at the And Just Like That premiere on December 8 (right)
At the time, Noth had been dating his now-wife Wilson for three years; the pair began their relationship in 2001 after first meeting at The Cutting Room, a New York jazz club owned by the actor where Wilson, who was in her early 20s at the time, worked as a bartender.
However, according to Zoe, Noth began leaving ‘flirty’ messages on her voicemail — which she was alerted to by her boss.
Zoe claimed that she was raped by Noth in his West Hollywood apartment when she returned a book he had lent her.
She said he ‘kissed her’ as soon as she walked through the door, then moved her to his bed and removed her shorts and bikini bottoms before raping her ‘from behind’ while they were ‘facing a mirror.’
She also claimed that the actor did not use protection, that he ‘laughed at her’ when she asked him to get a condom — and that she was left bleeding after the assault, and had to go to the hospital to get stitches.
‘It was very painful and I yelled out, “Stop!”‘ she told THR. ‘And he didn’t. I said, “Can you at least get a condom?” and he laughed at me.’
‘I had stitches. Two police officers came. I wouldn’t say who it was,’ she said, claiming that she feared she would ‘not be believed’ and could ‘be fired’ if she publicly accused Noth of rape.
One woman claimed that the alleged attack took place in Noth’s Greenwich Village apartment ( pictured) and that he raped her from behind, in front of a mirror
Noth and Wilson (pictured in 2002) met while she was working as a bartender at New York jazz club The Cutting Room, which the actor owns
Noth’s second accuser, Lily, who is now working as a journalist, told a similar story to THR, alleging that the actor raped her in his home in Greenwich Village after they struck up a flirty relationship while she was working as a server at former New York nightclub No.8 in 2015, when she was 25.
At the time, Noth — who was then 60 years old — had been married to his wife for three years and the couple had one child together, Orion, who was born in 2008. They have since had a second son, Keats, born in 2020.
Lily said she was ‘truly star-struck’ when he began ‘hitting on her’ and ended up going with him to a restaurant.
Afterward, Noth invited her back to his home to ‘sample his collection of whiskeys’ — and says he began trying to ‘make out with her’ when they got there.
‘I should have said no more firmly and left,’ she said, claiming that ‘the next thing she knew’ he had pulled down her pants and sexually assaulted her.
She said that she mentioned the fact that he had a wife and child, only for the actor to tell her that ‘marriage is a sham’ and ‘monogamy is not real.’ Lily claimed Noth then raped her from behind in a chair in front of a mirror.
‘He was having sex with me from the back in a chair. We were in front of a mirror. I was kind of crying as it happened,’ she said.
After the report was published, Zoe Lister-Jones (pictured) described Noth as a ‘sexual predator’. She is not the Zoe making the allegation in the report
In her Instagram story (pictured), Lister-Jones said she was ‘relieved’ by Big’s death because she remembers him being ‘consistently sexually inappropriate’ with a female promoter
After the alleged assault took place, Lily said she went to the bathroom and put on her skirt, claiming that she ‘felt awful’ and ‘totally violated.’
‘All of my dreams with this star I loved for years were gone,’ she added.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Noth admitted that he had ‘consensual encounters’ with the two women, but he strongly denied any accusations that he assaulted them.
‘The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false,’ the statement reads.
‘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.’
Though Officer Drake Madison of the LAPD initially told Deadline on Thursday that ‘there is no investigation at this point’ into the claims against Noth, an LAPD spokesperson later told People that they are ‘looking into the nature of the report’ and trying to figure out ‘when, where or even if a report was filed.’
Lister-Jones also recalled him sniffing her hair when she guest starred on Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Lister-Jones concluded her statement by cursing out Noth’s character on Sex and the City, claiming that he capitalized on the role to seduce women
However, Officer Madison added: ‘At this time, there’s no record of a report being filed. Without a report, there is no investigation.’
Late on Thursday, actress Zoe Lister-Jones also detailed her encounters with the embattled actor, claiming that he was ‘sexually inappropriate’ to women who worked at a New York City club he owned, and sniffed her neck while drunk on set of the detective show.
‘Last week, my friend asked me how I felt about Mr. Big’s death on And Just Like That, and I said honestly, I felt relieved,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘He asked why, and I told him it was because I couldn’t separate the actor from the man, and the man is a sexual predator,’ she went on, before detailing some of her experiences.
Then a third woman accused Chris Noth of sexual assault for allegedly groping her at a Manhattan restaurant in 2010 when she was 18.
The unnamed 30-year-old Canadian tech executive claimed Noth, then 55, groped her while she was working as a hostess at the Da Marino restaurant in Midtown, the Daily Beast first reported.
Noth came in intoxicated, allegedly telling her, ‘I love Canadian women’ as he pressed against her.
‘I remember how electrifying his hand, the hand I watched hold Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, felt grabbing me,’ the accuser said.
She claimed Noth then followed her into the back office and began kissing her and pressing her against a desk.
She alleged that that he pulled down her tights and touched and clung onto her so strongly that after she managed to push and kick him away, her ‘limbs hurt in the morning.’
‘It felt as though I was the only person in the universe who could hear me saying no,’ she told the outlet.
Despite her protests, Noth allegedly carried on until she told him ‘not here,’ convincing him that they could carry on somewhere else.
‘I haven’t been able to shake the memory of how the kitchen staff looked at me as I emerged from the office with Chris Noth,’ she said.
Noth’s publicist told the Daily Beast that the actor ‘denies this as ever happening and has no idea who this woman is.’