During a press conference on Thursday, singer Lisa Gentile came forward with an emotional statement claiming that Sex and the City actor Chris Noth sexually assaulted her back in 2002.
Represented by superstar attorney Gloria Allred, Gentile described a horrifying experience with the Mr. Big actor, and how she wanted to share her story despite not being able to pursue legal action due to the statute of limitations.
“I first met Chris Noth when I began frequenting Da Marino restaurant in New York City in 1998,” the singer, 54, began. The two became acquaintances and sparked a friendship, talking about music, show business, and the neighborhood.
WARNING: The descriptions of events below are extremely graphic and could be disturbing to some readers.
One night in early 2002, she recalled, Chris Noth offered her a ride home and she accepted, later letting him come up to her apartment.
“I told him I had nothing to offer him to drink and he said, ‘That’s OK.’ He just wanted to see where I lived,” Lisa Gentile said. “He started kissing me almost right away. Then he leaned against the kitchen countertop and forcibly pulled me against him.”
She said that he made her really uncomfortable with how much he was “slobbering all over me,” before he became more aggressive.
Chris Noth allegedly, “put both hands on [her] breasts and began squeezing them very hard over my shirt,” before moving under her shirt. She “grabbed his hands with [her] hands and tried to stop him,” she said. “Then even harder he pushed [her] hands down toward his penis.”
Pushing him away and yelling “No, I don’t want this,” Gentile said, he became extremely angry, called her a “b***h,” and stormed out of her apartment.
She stated she told both her roommates at the time about the incident, citing them as witnesses to the incident. The next morning, she got a call from Chris who warned her that if she “ever told a soul about what happened the night before that he would ruin my career.”
He allegedly told her that she “would never sing again and that he would blacklist me in the business.”
Chris Noth has yet to comment on the most recent allegation from Lisa Gentile, though he previously denied that the first two women’s stories were non-consensual. He called them “categorically false,” and stated that the timing was “difficult not to question.”
Lisa Gentile said that she was “afraid to come forward because of Mr. Noth’s power and his threats to ruin my career,” but that she decided to come forward after the women who “have courageously come forward before me.”
Gloria Allred, 80, was also in attendance at the press conference, and was a prominent attorney in the cases against Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Larry Nassar, and other powerful men in Hollywood accused of sexual assault.
Promoting the Adult Survivors Act, legislation that the attorney is trying to pass in New York, Allred encouraged the other three accusers to join in raising awareness for what the bill could do for sexual assault survivors. According to Allred, the act would create a one year look back window to hold those accused of sexual violence responsible for their actions.
Gentile’s story came just a week after a report from two anonymous women claimed that Chris Noth sexually assaulted them. One woman, who went by the name “Zoe,” claimed that the Good Wife star raped her in 2004, while another who went by “Lily” claimed that she felt violated and used after a 2012 sexual experience with the actor.
None of the women who have come forward have pressed criminal charges.