Though characters on television shows often have incredible on-screen chemistry, it’s an unfortunate reality it’s not the case off the set. That appears to be true with Law & Order actress Zoe Lister-Jones, who recently accused Chris Noth of “sexually inappropriate” set behavior.
Zoe Lister-Jones and Chris Noth both acted together on the original Law & Order show. Last Thursday, she issued the claim on her Instagram story, saying Noth once “got close to me, sniffed my neck and whispered ‘You smell good.'” Additionally, she said he was once drunk on set and had a “22-ounce beer under the table that he would drink between takes,” Fox News reports.
The allegation came when a friend asked about his character on Sex and the City, Mr. Big (spoilers incoming). “Last week my friend asked me how I felt about Mr. Big’s death and I said honestly I felt relieved,” she stated. “He asked why and I told him I couldn’t separate the actor from the man and the man is a sexual predator. My friend was alarmed at my word choice and to be honest so was I. I hadn’t thought of this man for many years and yet there was a virility to my language that came from somewhere deep and buried. “
Zoe Lister-Jones isn’t the only one to accuse Noth of something like that recently. The Hollywood Reporter stated a few days ago two women, going by Zoe and Lily, both alleged similar encounters. In Zoe’s case, the sexual assault occurred in 2004, while it was 2015 for Lily.
Zoe and Lily’s Allegations Prompt Chris Noth to Respond
In 2004, Zoe was 22 and moved to Los Angeles to work an entry-level job where Chris Noth and other celebrities regularly conducted business. Both her boss and Zoe reported Noth would frequently flirt with her, even allegedly leaving “kind of flirty” voicemails. At some point, Noth invited her to a pool he knew of. Zoe had a friend in the same building and decided to meet Noth there with her.
Noth left at one point to take a call but gave Zoe a book to look through. He asked her to bring it to his apartment when she finished. When she did, he kissed her, but as she tried to leave, he pulled her towards the bed and sexually assaulted her.
Lily was a server in a VIP section of a now-closed New York nightclub in 2015. Though Noth was married at the time, Lily said he was clearly flirting with her. He asked her out to dinner, which she accepted, despite her friend asking her not to go. Though they met at a restaurant, the kitchen was closed. They then had wine at the bar. As the evening went on, Noth invited her to his apartment. He suggested whiskey and talking, which she believed, but when she got there, he assaulted her too.
Upon seeing the allegations, Noth sent The Hollywood Reporter a response. “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.”