AceShowbiz - Queen Latifah has broken silence about the firing of Chris Noth from "The Equalizer". In a new interview on Monday, January 24, the actress shared that the firing of Noth, who was accused of sexual assault accusations, was a "delicate situation."
"It's still surreal. It is such a dicey, delicate situation that requires a great deal of respect," Latifah told PEOPLE in a video interview on their show. "That's a personal thing that he's going to have to deal with."
The 51-year-old actress continued, "We are figuring out what we want to do creatively on the show and how we're going to deal with that character."
"Chris' character's obviously a big part of the show and it was amazing chemistry, amazing chemistry. And my feeling is justice has to prevail regardless. I just want the right things to be done, you know?" she added.
On "The Equalizer", Latifah played former CIA operative Robyn McCall. Meanwhile, Noth portrayed a former CIA director named William Bishop.
CBS announced Noth's firing from the show on December 20, 2021 after multiple women accused the "And Just Like That…" actor of sexual assault.
In a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter, two women accused him of sexually assaulting them and one even claimed that he raped her. One of the women, who went under the pseudonym Zoe, alleged that Noth raped her in her Los Angeles apartment in 2004. They reportedly first met at a high-profile firm that had ties to celebrities.
The other woman, who went under the pseudonym Lily, alleged that Chris sexually assaulted her after he invited her to his New York City apartment in 2015. She claimed they met when she was 25 and working as a server at a nightclub.
The actor, however, denied the allegations. He said in a statement, "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."
"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," he added.