Actress and director Zoe Lister-Jones issued a lengthy statement Thursday on Instagram calling Chris Noth a “sexual predator” who she witnessed being “sexually inappropriate” at least once. Lister-Jones also accused the actor of behaving inappropriately on the set of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” including being drunk on set.
Lister-Jones said in her post she was glad Noth’s “Sex and the City” character Mr. Big had been killed off in the new sequel series “And Just Like That…”
“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. 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,” Lister-Jones wrote. “My friend was alarmed at my word choice. And to be honest, so was I. I hadn’t thought of this man for so many years, and yet there was a virility to my language that came from somewhere deep and buried.”
Lister-Jones went on to detail her encounters with Noth.
“In my twenties I worked at a club in NY that Chris Noth owned and on the few occasions he would show up, he was consistently sexually inappropriate with a fellow female promoter. That same year I was a guest star on ‘Law and Order’ and it was his first episode after returning as a detective after ‘SATC.’ He was drunk on set,” Lister-Jones continued.
The actress guest-starred on a 2005 episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” which happened to be Noth’s first appearance as Detective Mike Logan in the “Law & Order” franchise since 1998’s “Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.” In her account, she claimed Noth acted inappropriately on set.
“During my interrogation scene he had a 22 oz of beer under the table that he would drink in between takes. In one take, he got close to me, sniffed my neck, and whispered ‘you smell good.’ I didn’t say anything. My friend at the club never said anything. It’s so rare that we do,” Lister-Jones said.
She added that her “experiences are small in comparison to the accounts of assault that have so bravely been shared today,” but said that dealing with predators “is a burden all women have to bear.”
Her statement came just hours after The Hollywood Reporter published the accounts of two women who accused Noth of sexual assault; one incident was said to have happened in 2004, the other in 2015.
Noth has denied the accusations, saying in a statement: “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. 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.”
Representatives for Lister-Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. Meanwhile, a rep for Noth declined comment on Lister-Jones’ Instagram post.
Read the full statement from Zoe Lister-Jones below.