Sex And The City’s Chris Noth has been accused by three women of degrading sexual assaults. I’ll never forget him grabbing my boobs in public, writes Polly Hudson
Chris Noth grabbed my boobs. It was very sudden – a short, sharp shock – and I will never forget how it made me feel.
Three women have come forward to allege that Noth subjected them to sexual assaults.
In comparison to their claims, what happened to me wasn’t even a paper cut.
But it was not nothing.
And it provides me with a personal perspective as this all unfolds.
Famous man after famous man has been unmasked in the #metoo movement, and when it’s a celebrity you like, sometimes at first you briefly hope it’s not true. In this case, however, I have no trouble believing it is.
I went to interview Chris Noth for a Sex And The City press junket.
As a huge fan, I was giddy with excitement but, rather than being suave and charming like Mr Big, Noth came across like a 15-year-old boy.
By coincidence, the next writer to interview him was a friend of mine, with a Polaroid camera.
Knowing how much I loved the show, she offered to take a photo of me with Mr Big.
Noth stood behind me and we posed. Then he put his arms round me and held them out, fingers splayed, in front of my chest – so in the picture it would appear that he was touching my breasts.
See, 15-year-old boy.
Something went wrong with the camera and it didn’t work, so my friend asked us to pose again.
This time, Noth grabbed my breasts with both hands. Laughing uproariously.
We were in a crowded room with press agents and other journalists all around but he didn’t care who saw.
I was in my 20s, so I felt like I was being a spoilsport for minding.
I slunk away, feeling ashamed and worthless.
I threw the photo in the bin. What’s most frightening is that perhaps he was like this all the time.
Maybe now that courageous women are speaking out across Hollywood, it will mean that the truth will finally emerge.
Chris Noth “categorically denied” all the sexual abuse allegations in a statement issued after the first two women came forward.