West News Wire: Jonathan Majors, an actor, was detained on Saturday in New York and is accused of strangling and assaulting a lady, according to authorities.
According to New York City police, the “Creed III” actor was detained when police arrived at the scene of an alleged domestic argument at an apartment in the Chelsea district of the city shortly after 11:00 a.m.
A 30-year-old lady reported being assaulted to the police. Majors, 33, was taken into custody by officers without a hitch, according to the NYPD.
According to a criminal complaint related to the incident, the woman said Majors smacked “her about the face with an open hand, causing substantial pain and a laceration behind her ear.”
She also alleged Majors grabbed her hand and put his hands on her neck, causing swelling, bruising and substantial pain to her neck and hand.
Majors’ attorney denied the allegations, saying evidence would prove the actor is innocent.
“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,” Priya Chaudhry, Major’s attorney, said in a statement Sunday.
Chaudhry said the evidence includes video footage from the vehicle where the alleged assault occurred, 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.”
“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,” Chaudhry’s statement said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital and treated, according to police.
The 33-year-old Majors appeared briefly in court where a judge released him on his own recognizance. The next court date is May 8.
Majors was nominated for an Emmy in 2021 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” He most recently appeared in “Creed III” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”