Jonathan Majors is facing a court appearance on May 8 for domestic violence charges, and it seems that his public relations issues are about to escalate.
According to insiders, several women have stepped forward as alleged victims of Majors following his arrest in March, and they are working with the Manhattan district attorney's office. This development could be a significant twist in the case, especially since Majors' publicists and management firm have already severed ties with him earlier this week.
The District Attorney declined to comment. However, according to a statement made by Jonathan Majors' attorney Priya Chaudhry, Majors is innocent and the charges against him are false. Chaudhry claims to have provided evidence supporting this assertion and is confident that Majors will be exonerated.
The star of "Creed III" was arrested on March 25 in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood for charges of assault, harassment, and strangulation.
A 30-year-old woman reported to the authorities that the 33-year-old Majors had attacked her, resulting in minor injuries to her head and neck. She was taken to a hospital and is currently in stable condition.
However, Chaudhry, the actor's attorney, immediately refuted the allegations, claiming that his client was the victim of an altercation with a woman he knew who was undergoing an emotional crisis. The lawyer released the statement while the actor was still in custody, according to a source familiar with the timeline.
Majors had been on the rise in Hollywood, with several high-profile roles in the pipeline. He is set to play the lead in "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty," which is slated for release in 2025 and could earn him up to $20 million. He is also signed on to star in "Avengers: Secret Wars" in 2026. Disney, which has already acquired Majors' film "Magazine Dreams" and has him set to appear in the second season of "Loki," is monitoring the situation closely as it decides how to proceed. Production on "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty" is set to begin next year.
Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror
Disney faces an additional complication as the purported victim in the Manhattan incident was also involved in the production of this year's "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," where Majors played the role of Kang the Conqueror, third in the billing. A representative from Disney declined to provide any comment. Meanwhile, Majors has decided to resign from his position on the board of the Gotham Film and Media Institute, as well as his involvement with the Sidney Poitier Initiative, which was established to assist budding filmmakers. On Wednesday afternoon, executive director Jeffrey Sharp notified the Gotham board about this development.
After the actor's arraignment on March 26 for misdemeanor charges of assault and aggravated harassment, more concerns were raised. Tim Nicolai, who acted alongside Rachel Weisz in the Public Theater production of "Plenty," tweeted that people had tried to stop the actor's behavior but ultimately needed a victim to come forward. Nicolai added that it was terrible to know the actor was still behaving this way but a relief that he may never get to again. Nicolai confirmed that he stands by his statement and supports the victims.
The actor was released on his recognizance with a limited order of protection, but has since been dropped from several jobs, including Protagonist Pictures' "The Man in My Basement." The Texas Rangers have also cut him from their 2023 season ad campaign and fashion house Valentino has mutually agreed that he will no longer attend this year's Met Gala. His involvement in upcoming projects, including Spike Lee's "Da Understudy" and Lionsgate's "48 Hours in Vegas," is uncertain as the studios are waiting to see what Marvel will do.