Adding to the four women who have already accused Chris Noth (Sex and the City) of sexual assault, singer Lisa Gentile has also alleged the actor of sexual misconduct that took place almost 20 years ago, according to BBC. Noth referred to previous allegations as “categorically false.”
At a press conference on Thursday, Gentile accused Noth of allegedly touching her inappropriately in 2002 after giving her a drive home from a restaurant in 2002. The singer said that she was hesitant to come forward with these allegations because Noth had allegedly threatened to ruin her career.
“He became more aggressive and put both hands on my breasts and began squeezing them very hard over my shirt,” Gentile alleged, via BBC. “I kept pushing his hands down while he was pushing mine up.”
While Gentile will be unable to file a legal complaint because of the amount of time that has passed since the alleged assault, her lawyer claimed that she is speaking out because she wants a change in legislation.
In recent weeks, some women were inspired by Noth’s appearances on the new Sex and the City spinoff, And Just Like That, to come out about their alleged experiences. One woman said she was 22 when she was allegedly raped by Noth at her West Hollywood apartment in 2004, while another was 25 when Noth allegedly raped her in his New York City apartment in 2015. A third woman alleged that Noth raped her in New York City in 2010, when she was 18. One spokesman for Noth referred to the story as a “complete fabrication,” according to BBC.
“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,” Noth said in a statement, via Variety. “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.”
Noth’s co-stars on Sex and the City and And Just Like That, Sarah Jessica Parker (Hocus Pocus), Cynthia Nixon (Ratched), and Kristin Davis (Holiday in the Wild), addressed the allegations last week.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth. We support the women who have come forward and share their painful experiences,” they said, via Variety. “We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it.”