Actor Chris Noth will no longer be part of the CBS drama "The Equalizer," following allegations of sexual assault made against the star. "Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately," CBS and Universal Television, the show's production company, announced in a brief statement to CNN on Monday. Two women accused Noth of sexual assault in a report last week by The Hollywood Reporter. Noth has denied the allegations.
"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," Noth said in a statement last week. In "The Equalizer," which stars Queen Latifah, Noth, 67, portrays former CIA director William Bishop. He will be seen in one upcoming episode of the series that has already been filmed, as well as future repeats of episodes that have already aired.