NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Jonathan Majors was arrested Saturday in New York on charges of strangulation, assault and stalking, authorities said. On Sunday, Majors’ attorney said there was evidence that he was “absolutely innocent.”
New York police said Majors, star of the recently released films “Creed III” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania,” was involved in a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old woman. Police responded around 11 a.m. Saturday to a 911 call at an apartment in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
“The victim reported to police that she was assaulted,” a NYPD spokesperson said in a statement. “The officers detained a 33-year-old man without incident. The victim received minor head and neck injuries and was taken to the district hospital in a stable condition.”
He was no longer in police custody Saturday night, a New York City police spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press.
A spokesman for Majors denied any wrongdoing by the actor.
“He did nothing wrong,” the spokesman said in an email to the AP on Saturday. “We look forward to clearing his name and figuring this out.”
On Sunday, Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, was more forceful, saying that Majors was “provably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows” and blamed the incident on the woman who was having an “emotional crisis.”
Chaudhry said there was evidence to justify the major, including “video from the vehicle where the episode took place, witness statements from the driver and others who saw and heard the episode, and most importantly, two written statements from a woman who denies these accusations. »
An email seeking further comment from the NYPD based on Chaudhary’s allegations was not immediately returned Sunday.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army has suspended a television ad campaign featuring the majors. The Army Enterprise Marketing Office said in a statement Sunday that the US Army is “deeply concerned about the allegations surrounding his arrest.”
“While Mr. Majors is innocent until proven guilty, prudence requires that we suspend our advertising until the investigation into these allegations is complete,” the office said in a statement.
Majors is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. After his breakthrough in 2019’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Majors went on to star in Da 5 Bloods, The Harder They Fall and last year’s Devotion. He also starred in the recent Sundance film “Magazine Dreams,” which Searchlight Pictures plans to release in December.
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