Although Noth’s character Mr. Big was killed off in the show’s first episode, per TVLine, the 67-year-old The Good Wife actor was set to appear in a sequence during the finale that shows a posthumous Big. The publication reports the creative team ultimately decided the footage Noth had shot was not integral to the scene.
TVLine noted the episode had not been not finalised when allegations against Noth — a majority of which he has called “categorically false” — became public. A HBO Max spokesperson reportedly declined to comment to the publication about the finale.
And Just Like That… premiered on HBO Max on December 9, and on December 16, two women came forward with allegations of sexually abusive behaviour against Noth in separate incidents, one of which allegedly occurred in 2004 and the other in 2015.
On December 18, a third woman came forward to the Daily Beast with claims of sexual assault against Noth, alleging an incident occurred in 2010 when she was 18 years old. Actress Zoe Lister-Jones also came forward with allegations against the actor at this time.
The Law & Order actor denied these allegations, saying the encounters were consensual.
“The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false,” Noth said in a prepared statement at the time.
“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,” the statement continued.
“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.”
On December 23, singer Lisa Gentile accused Noth of sexual assault in an alleged 1998 incident, and claimed the actor threatened to ruin her career if she spoke out.
Noth has not yet commented on Gentile’s allegations.
Since the allegations broke, Noth was axed from TV show The Equalizer, a $16 million deal for his tequila brand has been pulled, and he was dropped by his talent agency.
Noth’s viral Peloton commercial featuring a Ryan Reynolds voiceover was also ditched immediately after the reports came to light.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristen Davis — Noth’s And Just Like That… co-stars — also jointly voiced their support for his accusers, and Parker is said to be “livid” and “heartbroken” over the allegations.
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