"He made repeated threats on my life." Beverly Johnson accused Chris Noth of abuse in 1995.

Warning: This post deals with sexual assault and rape, and could be triggering for some readers.

Chris Noth has been accused of sexually assaulting three women in separate incidents in 2004, 2010 and 2015.

Noth, who recently returned to television in Sex and the City sequel series And Just Like That, is alleged to have assaulted the women separately. 

The first two accusations were reported by The Hollywood Reporter on December 16, 2021. The women are not known to each other and approached THR separately, months apart, the publication said.

Following this, a third woman told The Daily Beast about Noth allegedly sexually assaulting her in 2010.

In a statement, Noth called the allegations "categorically false".

The news has also forced a re-examination of past stories about Noth, including allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-partner, Beverly Johnson.

Here are these women's allegations:


Speaking under a pseudonym, 40-year-old Zoe* said she was new to Hollywood when she met Noth while working as an assistant at a talent agency.

He invited her to the pool at a building in West Hollywood where he had an apartment. Zoe was familiar with the building as a friend also lived there, so she and another friend visiting from the East Coast agreed.

Zoe told THR Noth had a book with him at the pool. He then said he had to go to his apartment to make a call, but he left the book behind, asked her to look through it and then bring it back to him.


She alleged that when she got upstairs, he kissed her. She said she attempted to leave, but Noth drew her towards the bed and raped her in front of a mirror.

"It was very painful and I yelled out, 'Stop!'" Zoe said. "And he didn't. I said, 'Can you at least get a condom?' and he laughed at me."

When it was over, she "got out of there" and "realised there was blood on my shirt". She went to her friend's apartment in the same building, where her other friend was also waiting.

"I walked 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.'" The visiting friend pursued her, and said, "You're scaring me."

That friend, now a child psychologist in Boston, told THR that she took Zoe to the hospital.


"She wouldn't talk. She wouldn't make eye contact. When we got in the car, I started pressing her: 'You have to tell me what happened. Something's wrong.' I don't remember the words she said, but I said, 'I'm taking you to the hospital.'"

At hospital, Zoe received stitches and received a "crisis counseling brochure and some medicine".

Zoe's former boss told the publication that later that day, Zoe called her and told her that Noth had attacked her. At Zoe's request, she did not disclose the attack to anybody.

Zoe said she started having nightmares and flashbacks, and in January 2006 she sought counseling at the UCLA Rape Crisis Center.

"I had buried it as long as I could, and then I really wasn't doing well and finally went to the treatment the ER had recommended," Zoe said.


Julie Banks, the clinical director at the Rape Treatment Center, confirmed the facility treated Zoe. She also said it was not uncommon for survivors of sexual assault to put off seeking treatment. 

Soon after the alleged rape, Zoe told her mother, who confided that she too was a rape survivor. In 2018, Zoe's mother was diagnosed with cancer.

"As she was dying, she was haunted by her assault. I don't want to be in the same position, where I'm haunted at the end of my life," Zoe said.


Lily* also spoke to THR under a pseudonym. 

She was a 25-year-old server in the VIP section of a New York City nightclub in 2015 when she met Noth, then 60. 

She was a fan and felt flattered by his flirting, so they exchanged numbers. He asked her to dinner, though when she arrived at the restaurant, the kitchen has already closed.

They had drinks and talked, and Lily said when the restaurant closed Noth invited her to his apartment around the corner.

"We were listening to music, and he has all these books about art and fashion. He tried to make out with me. I cautiously entertained it. He's older and looked older. He kept trying and trying and trying, and I should have said no more firmly and left. And then the next thing I knew, he pulled down his pants and he was standing in front of me," she alleged.

She said he thrust his penis into her mouth and she brought up his marriage and child. At the time, he was already married to Canadian actress Tara Wilson and had one child.


"He said marriage is a sham. Monogamy is not real," he reportedly told her.

The next thing she knew, "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.

Afterwards, Lily said she felt "totally violated". She called an Uber and called her friend Alex from the car.

"She was pretty hysterical" Alex told the publication. Lily told her that Noth had "pretty forcibly" had sex with her, and Alex said they should call the police, but Lily insisted they did not.

THR reviewed texts Noth and Lily exchanged after the incident. In one, Noth messaged: "By the way I have to ask did you enjoy our night last week. I thought it was a lot of fun but I wasn't quite sure how you felt."

Lily replied: "Hmm … I certainly enjoyed your company. Great conversation. Not to go into specifics over text message, but I did feel slightly used … Perhaps this is better as a phone conversation but I can't talk at the moment."

Noth mentioned hoping to meet with her again, and at one point Lily agreed to dinner, then cancelled. They never met again.

"If you do want to have a drink later it doesn't have to be at my place… although I have the best whiskey," he wrote in one exchange. "Come have a drink with me before I leave [town]. Oh mysterious one… where did you go."



Ava is the third woman to come forward about a sexual assault allegation against the actor, claiming she was sexually assaulted while working at a New York City restaurant in 2010. She was 18-years-old at the time. 

Ava, who is using a pseudonym, told The Daily Beast on Friday that she had graduated from an acting conservatory and was employed at Da Marino as a hostess at the time of the alleged assault.

Occasionally she would sing on nights a pianist was present. 

Ava alleged Noth was often at the restaurant, and he would come in "always intoxicated".

"I cannot remember in detail how many times we spoke, but with great familiarity, one night he told my boss I would sing with him even though I hadn't filled the restaurant yet," she told TDB.

She further alleged that she and Noth went on to talk "about her career and hometown of Toronto" at a table. He allegedly kept pulling her onto his lap while groping her and "pressing me onto his erection." According to Ava, Noth kept repeating, "I love Canadian women."

At the end of her shift, Ava alleges she went to her manager's office to get paid for the night, and Noth followed her.

"He acted as if we had intentionally snuck off together clandestinely," she told the outlet, adding that she found him, "sloppy," "heavy," and "strong."


She said Noth pressed her body against a desk, kissed her and digitally penetrated her.

"At first, it felt as though I was the only person in the universe who could hear me saying 'no'," she shared.

"I was so hopeful that would be the end of it," she continued, before adding she tried to push him away with her arms and body. "My limbs hurt in the morning."

"He wasn't hearing 'no,' but he heard me when I said 'not here' and convinced him that I would meet him somewhere else," Ava said. She also explained that Noth had texted her asking for her address to send a car. She did not reply.

Beverly Johnson.

Model and actress Beverly Johnson and Noth dated from 1990 until 1995.

Johnson and Noth in 1994. Image: Getty.


On August 1, 1995, Johnson filed for a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles Superior Court, requesting Noth stay 460 metres away from her, her daughter and their dog.

According to court documents obtained by the NY Post, Johnson alleged "Noth punched me in the chest and ribs, injuring my ribs, making it difficult to breathe, punching and bruising my face and body in which I had to have medical attention.

"On July 27, 1995, he made repeated threats on my life making up to 25 calls per day threatening to kill me [and] destroy my face. Threatened to kill dog."

Johnson's request also asked a judge to order Noth "make no calls to others with threats against me. Restraining from slandering my character + good name".

The judge approved the temporary restraining order, and it was made a permanent, mutual order.

"Neither party shall make any derogatory statements about the other of any nature or description to another person or entity not encourage or participate in any party making any such derogatory comments about the other to any third person or entity," the judge wrote.


Following the recent allegations against Noth, a newspaper clipping recounting Johnson's accusations resurfaced across social media.

The article, which appeared in the National Enquirer, included quotes from Johnson.

"I've never been so frightened in my life. I just can't believe that someone who had once been so tender and sweet could turn into this raging wild man," she is quoted as telling a friend.


The article documented years of alleged physical abuse beginning in 1991.

Noth denied these claims and no criminal charges were ever filed.

Noth's response.

In a statement, Noth denied the new allegations against him.

"The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false," he said.

"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."

The women of SATC respond.

On December 20 local time (December 21 AEDT), Noth's co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis released a joint statement, saying they were "deeply saddened" to learn of the reports.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth," the joint statement read, which was shared on their Instagram stories.

"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."

Image: Instagram.


Peloton pulls its ad, Noth is dropped from his other TV series.

Exercise equipment brand Peloton has removed its viral ad starring Noth from its social media accounts following the allegations.

The ad was removed from the company's Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts, just days after it was released.

It had been rapidly produced to make light of the death of Noth's character Mr. Big on the Sex and the City sequel series, And Just Like That.


Actor Ryan Reynolds, whose marketing company produced the ad, also deleted it.

In response, a Peloton spokesperson told THR "every single sexual assault accusation must be taken seriously".

"We were unaware of these allegations when we featured Chris Noth in our response to HBO's reboot. As we seek to learn more, we have stopped promoting this video and archived related social posts."

Noth has been dropped by his talent agency, A3 Artists Agency.

"I can confirm that Chris Noth is no longer a client," a company representative said.

He will also no longer film any new episodes of TV show The Equalizer, on which he stars alongside Queen Latifah as an ex-CIA director.

On December 21, CBS and Universal Television announced his contact had been terminated.

If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home. 

This article was originally published on December 17, 2021 and has been updated.

Feature image: Getty/Mamamia.