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Creed III and Ant-Man actor Jonathan Majors was arrested on Saturday morning by New York City police, who booked him on charges of strangulation and battering a woman. The incident arose out of a domestic where the 30-year-old woman claimed she had been assaulted by Majors, who is 33.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the woman, Majors was accused of striking her “about the face with an open hand, causing substantial pain and a laceration behind her ear.” Majors was also alleged to have put his hands on her neck, causing swelling, bruising, and considerable pain.
The specific charges were two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault, second-degree aggravated harassment, second-degree harassment and third-degree attempted assault. Majors was released on his own recognizance and must appear in court again on May 8.
Majors’s attorney Priya Chaudhry vehemently denied all the accusations, declaring that “Jonathan Majors is completely innocent … We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently.”
Chaudhry added that the actor would be proven innocent based on several pieces of evidence: video footage from the vehicle where the incident allegedly occurred, witness testimony from the driver and others, and two written statements from the woman recanting her allegations.
“All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever,” Chaudhry added. “Unfortunately, this incident came about because this woman was having an emotional crisis, for which she was taken to a hospital yesterday. The NYPD is required to make an arrest in these situations, and this is the only reason Mr. Majors was arrested. We expect these charges to be dropped soon.”
Majors, who most recently appeared in Creed III and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, was nominated for an Emmy in 2021 for his role in HBO’s Lovecraft Country. He will next appear in Searchlight’s Magazine Dreams, set to be released on December 8.
Despite his claims of innocence, there has already been fallout stemming from the incident. The U.S. Army has pulled a “Be All You Can Be” ad campaign that features Majors. On Sunday, Laura DeFrancisco, public affairs chief for the Army Enterprise Marketing Office, issued a statement explaining its decision: “The U.S. Army is aware of the arrest of Jonathan Majors and we are deeply concerned by the allegations surrounding his arrest. While Mr. Majors is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”