Jonathan Majors charged with multiple counts of assault after 'calling 911'
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Creed III star Jonathan Majors has been charged with several counts of assault after allegedly calling the police himself to report concerns.
The actor, who stars alongside Michael B Jordan in the new Creed movie, was taken into custody after the New York Police Department received a call from an apartment in Manhattan's Chelsea district at around 11am local time on Saturday (25 March).
Responding officers said they found a woman who informed police she was 'assaulted', according to a statement from the NYPD.
"Officers placed the 33-year-old male into custody without incident," a spokesperson for the department said. "The victim sustained minor injuries to her head and neck and was removed to an area hospital in stable condition."
In the complaint, cited by Variety, the unnamed female accuser says the defendant did 'strike her about the face with an open hand, causing substantial pain and a laceration behind her ear'.
She also alleges he 'put his hand on her neck, causing bruising and substantial pain'.
Majors was arraigned on Sunday (26 March), and charged with three counts of assault in the third degree, aggravated harassment in the second degree, three counts of attempted assault in the third degree and harassment in the second degree.
Priya Chaudhry, a lawyer for Majors, 33, has denied any wrongdoing on behalf of the actor and assured he is 'completely innocent'.
"We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently," she said.
"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.
"All the evidence proves that Mr Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever."
Police sources cited by ABC News claim Majors called 911 himself to report his concern about his girlfriend, but that the woman told a different story when police arrived at the scene.
Majors was no longer in police custody as of Saturday night (25 March), with the DA’s office explaining a judge released Majors on his own recognizance and granted a limited order of protection.
In the wake of his arrest, the US Army suspended a new advertising campaign which featured the actor.
Majors had narrated two ads, titled 'Overcoming Obstacles' and 'Pushing Tomorrow', as the organization hoped to reach a young audience and encourage recruitment.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Army said it was 'deeply concerned' by the allegations against Majors and stressed that while Majors 'is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete'.
Majors' publicist told Variety Majors has 'done nothing wrong', adding: “We look forward to clearing his name and clearing this up.”
UNILAD has contacted representatives for Majors for comment.
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