Actor Jonathan Majors, who stars in the recently released film Creed III alongside Michael B. Jordan, has been arrested on charges of strangulation, assault, and harassment following a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old woman in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.
According to the New York Police Department, the incident occurred on Saturday, March 25, when they received a 911 call from an apartment in the area. The victim informed the police that she had been assaulted and suffered minor head and neck injuries. She was taken to hospital for treatment.
Majors was taken into custody but was later released by Saturday night, as confirmed by an NYPD spokesperson. His lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, has denied any wrongdoing and claimed that the actor is “completely innocent.”
Chaudhry said in a statement to the BBC that Majors was the victim of the altercation involving a woman known to him and that they were gathering evidence to present to the District Attorney to have all charges dropped.
“This evidence includes video footage from the vehicle where this episode took place, witness testimony from the driver and others who both saw and heard the episode and most importantly, two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations,” Chaudhry said. “All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever.”
Majors’ arrest comes just weeks after he presented an award at the Oscars. The 33-year-old actor’s career has been on the rise in recent years, breaking through in the 2019 film The Last Black Man in San Francisco and going on to star in Netflix’s western The Harder They Fall and the upcoming Marvel film Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. He plays Jordan’s adversary in Creed III, which was released earlier this month.
It is unclear how this incident will affect Majors’ career, but the allegations are serious and will likely be closely scrutinized in the coming days and weeks.