Jonathan Majors arrested for assault & harassment for abusing his girlfriend

I didn’t know much about Jonathan Majors before his big PR push this year, as he began promoting Creed III, his Marvel role as Kang (in the latest Ant-Man movie) and his Sundance hit Magazine Dreams. Majors has been around for a while, but this year has been his major breakout and breakthrough. He covered Ebony, he covered Men’s Health, he did the international promotional blitz for Creed III and he presented at the Oscars. Like, everything was going well and he had “arrived.” And now this – Majors was arrested in New York over the weekend for brutally assaulting his girlfriend.

Jonathan Majors, star of Creed III and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, was arrested Saturday in New York City for an alleged domestic dispute, according to police.

According to a statement from the NYPD given to PEOPLE, “On Saturday, March 25, 2023 at approximately 1114 hours, police responded to 911 call inside of an apartment located in the vicinity of West 22nd Street and 8th Avenue, within the confines of the 10 Precinct.”

“A preliminary investigation determined that a 33-year-old male was involved in a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old female. The victim informed police she was assaulted. Officers placed the 33-year-old male into custody without incident. The victim sustained minor injuries to her head and neck and was removed to an area hospital in stable condition.”

Majors was identified by the police and was listed as charged with strangulation, assault, and harassment. The victim was not identified.

A rep for Majors told PEOPLE, “He has done nothing wrong. We look forward to clearing his name and clearing this up.”

[From People]

TMZ had additional details about the assault. Majors was in a taxi with his girlfriend, and they were returning home from a bar in Brooklyn. His girlfriend tried to look at Majors’ phone because it appeared another woman was texting him. Majors then “allegedly grabbed her hand and allegedly slapped her. We’re also told the alleged victim claims he put his hands around her neck during this. Our sources say the woman was dropped off somewhere and that JM spent the night elsewhere. It appears the girlfriend went to police the following morning (Sat.) and reported a crime.” TMZ also reports that Majors was released without bail on Saturday night and he’s been charged with misdemeanor assault, aggravated harassment, attempted assault and harassment. This is… awful. This poor woman.

After this news came out, the New York acting community began gossiping and… I mean, these are all rumors, totally unsubstantiated, but it seems like people in Jonathan Majors’ social circle are not at all surprised that he was arrested for battery and assault. Allegedly, it was just a matter of time and there are more victims out there.

On Sunday, Majors’ lawyer issued another statement claiming that there’s video footage from the taxi and “two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations.” His lawyer also claimed that Majors’ girlfriend is “having an emotional crisis.” One of two things is happening: Majors has an entire team around him, including the full weight of Marvel, and they are all trying to sully his victim before the case gets going. OR they’ve offered her a significant amount of money to recant. This is insane.

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  1. K8erade says:

    Wow, and I really liked Jonathan as an actor. But I’m not interested in anything else he’s been in. I’ve lost any and all respect I’ve had for him.

    • ML says:

      I also liked him as an actor. Holy s$+t, that NY gossip link above is damning. And the fact that this woman is saying she was assaulted and strangled (this last one is the red flag in murders with DV!), and JM’s argument is that she was having a mental health crisis?! Who strangles someone having a mental health crisis—in what world is that considered okay?!
      EmilyC’s comment below is spot on: I would also be having an emotional crisis if I were assaulted by my bf.

      • morgfunk says:

        They’re definitely gaslighting the girlfriend, and the official story is all over the place. Sounds like there were witnesses to it happening in the cab as well as video footage that the marvel execs locked down. In Major’s defense, it seems to me I have no insider knowledge but I think he definitely takes steroids or is juicing not just him probably a lot of marvel peeps, they have special trainers ect. He’s been really busy too so if you add in any kind of stimulant with a steroid yeah the person is going to eventually have a road rage, it’s definitely a thing and it sounds like he was drunk. I always thought he was on the needle before Marvel even it’s just not that normal to be *that*ripped without some kind of hormonal intervention. I’m bummed I really liked him but this is total garbage people stuff.

      • ama1977 says:

        Strangulation (aka “impeding the victim’s airway”) is a felony charge in many jurisdictions, I’m surprised that it’s a misdemeanor in NY. Also, DV victims often recant for a variety of reasons. The actual reason is almost never that they made up the allegations.

        Legally, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but the facts as they stand are damning. Even if this “goes away” or he pleads to a lesser charge and serves no jail time, I’m not interested in anything he’s associated with anymore.

  2. Emily_C says:

    I would also have an emotional crisis if my boyfriend assaulted me.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Oh his defence attorney is letting us all know the victim recanted? Gee I’m sure that’s totally on the up and up. Ugh. And yeah I’ll bet she was having an “emotional crisis”….after her boyfriend tried to strangle her. 😒 These statements, along with the number of “really not surprised” comments coming out of the New York theatre scene? F**k off his team, f**k off Marvel, and anyone trying to protect your investment.

    He’ll likely walk this time….and then we will sit back and wait for the next victim. Stop the world I want to get off.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      My rape report never went anywhere because I was interrogated for several hours with police officers and investigators who were pushing me to recant. I had 120 written messages and several email conversations proving he had done that to other women under ‘they asked for it’.

      I always believed the trauma I sustained during the interrogation and the process after reporting almost equalled my rapes. I’m one of those who would advise not to report (in the UK), unfortunately. I got entirely broken inside and 12 years later I cannot even talk about it.

      And my ex bf wasn’t famous. This poor woman never had any chance.

      • FHMom says:

        I’m so very sorry this happened to you. I wish you healing and peace.

      • Kyle says:

        I’m so sorry!!! I’ve heard stuff along these lines occurring quite a bit…I, too, was raped, but I never even tried to report it. I probably should have, but I just couldn’t-I had no doubt he would be free and my family and I would have this stigma. That mattered to me then, even if it was silly thinking. He went to jail just a few weeks later on an unrelated charge, but I still feel like a coward. I applaud you for trying to bring justice to yourself (and potentially ensuing others), but sad and unsurprised that nothing was done appropriately.
        This is horrifying, I believe it. I am interested in what precisely his workmates have said in the past…

      • R says:

        So sorry that has happened to you. wishing you all the peace and healing you need and deserve.

      • TheVolvesSeidr says:

        @kyle you are not a coward. I’m sorry that you feel that way. I’m so very sorry for what happened to you too. You did not and do not deserve that.

      • Kyle says:

        @TheVolvesSeidr sincerely, thank you so much
        @AlpineWitch It probably doesn’t amount to much, but you’ll definitely remain in my thoughts today

      • ML says:

        AlpineWitch and Kyle, I’m so sorry to read of your attacks and trauma. Strength and ghost hugs to you both. And anyone else in the same situation. Take care

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Y’all will be in my thoughts today. I’m so sorry about the trauma you’ve endured, it’s heinous.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Thanks a lot to all of you, such lovely messages ❤️

        @Kyle, you’re certainly not a coward. If I had a time machine, likely I wouldn’t have done it either. His family was one of the rare ones allowed legal possession of guns and rifles (in the UK), after he walked away I had to change name/surname, address, phone numbers because it was like having a target on my back.

        Fate threw a good chap my way just afterwards (who became my husband a year later) and it saved me from madness.
        Hugs back to you as (just my opinion) I believe there never was any ‘get over it’ after what happened, only trying to push that away in the back of my mind most of the time.

      • Blue Nails Betty says:


        Oh honey, no. You were not a coward. You were traumatized and your brain was locked in fight/flight/freeze mode. In your case, it was flight. Your subconscious was trying to keep you from 1. further trauma if mentally reliving the rape while dealing with cops/courts and 2. having to face the man who inflicted this violence upon you. Someday you may be able to speak about him and the attack but for now, your first priority is taking care of you and your wellbeing.

        You survived. That takes an outstanding level of badassery.

    • Mika says:

      I think we need to remember innocent until proven guilty

  4. BETINA says:

    I found it interesting how quickly people from the NYC and Yale community started being like “yeah we knew this about him”. I went to Yale just after his time (2 years later) and let me tell you, the group chats are buzzing with people who overlapped with him around 2016. People are really not surprised.

    • detritus says:

      I heard this too.

      There were blinds written about how he’s a sociopathic monster, then when this news came out it was revealed to be about him.

      More than one person publicly stated he’s a very nasty man.

  5. Olga says:

    Well… there was a camera in the taxi and they have the whole situation recorded.. if the video proves he hasn’t done anything to his girlfriend than the case is closed… From what I read – he was the one who called 911, not her.

    • CommentingBunny says:

      And where did you read that? Because I haven’t seen that reported by reputable source.

      • Olga says:

        ”Police sources say Majors called 911 himself to report his concern about his girlfriend, with whom he lives. When police arrived, sources say the girlfriend told a different story — that she and Majors were in a cab on the way home from Brooklyn when he physically attacked her.

        Patrol officers noticed marks on the woman’s body, and they placed Majors under arrest.”

        That’s what I read on several pages.

        Yesterday I was like “what an asshole he is” but after his attorney’s statement I decided that In this case I will wait with taking sides because it seems not so obvious situation..

    • AlpineWitch says:

      That’s not reported anywhere on reputable sites.

      They all report she called 911.

      And I’m tired to read that women are not abused but having a mental health crisis, did she hurt herself in the neck, how???

      • Olga says:

        The taxi recording is crucial in this case.. until it is made public (if at all) there will be only guesses and disputes..

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Taxi recording would be proof only if he remained in the taxi and he had done nothing up to that point.
        I doubt they’ll release it though.

      • otaku fairy says:

        This. His other victims may not ever feel safe enough or comfortable with coming forward.

      • Emily_C says:

        @Olga — There will only be “guesses and disputes” (which is rather odd phrasing) by people who refuse to believe her. And are smearing her. Often with odd phrasing.

    • detritus says:

      Jesus this is an asinine take.

      Believe victims. Not press teams.

      • Olga says:

        I worked in the prosecutor’s office for seven years. I have seen with my own eyes what happens when we forget about the presumption of innocence. I’ve seen it ruin the lives of innocent people. People lie – women, men, children. For a million different reasons. All the time. Seemingly obvious things turn out to be lies. And the effects of these lies are irreversible. After those 7 years, the presumption of innocence is sacred to me. I don’t believe men, I don’t believe women, I only believe in evidence. In this case, my first reaction was instinctive – taxi, driver as a witness, probably a camera inside – a lie wouldn’t pass. But it may turn out to be completely different story. I’ll wait and see… If he did it – he is an asshole. If she lied – she is just a lier. But no one should be canceled based on accusations alone. Accusations -> evidences -> taking sides. (Sorry for my not the best English).

  6. Léna says:

    Crazy how quickly they silenced the victim. Poor woman.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      It’s scary how hurting women is considered completely normal….

    • Lightpurple says:

      Silenced? Has she stopped talking to the police and prosecutors? DV victims rarely make public statements and I’m not aware she had made any. The charges have not been dropped so her voice is still active.

      • Lightpurple says:

        And I pray she is somewhere safe and getting the support she needs to get through this.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        I think she was referring to the fact his lawyer treated her like a crazy woman who lied in the middle of a breakdown.
        I hope she won’t drop the charges.

  7. Brassy Rebel says:

    When I saw his lawyers’ statement, I was expecting an imminent release of all the supposedly exculpatory material. But crickets. Do all NYC taxis have video cameras because that would make for some interesting viewing aside from this case? Anyway, I haven’t heard that the woman has recanted anything so this looks more like he is trying to pull a Woody Allen by using his fame and fortune to smear the alleged victim.

  8. Jessica says:

    Yikes. I would be pretty upset if my man was texting other women too. I wonder if we’ll see the video.

  9. girl_ninja says:

    Such a a disappointment. A scary one at that. I hope that the woman will be okay and that she has a great support system.

    It’s better to be alone than being treated shabbily by your partner. Always.

  10. Emmi says:

    Someone sat down this woman and let her know just how ugly it will get for her if she goes through with this so she “recanted”. That means no investigation, right? Great. So from here on out, every time he comes up, it was just a “one-time allegation” and a “story” from an unrealiable woman. Kinda like … Michael Fassbender? His “story” also never hurt his career and nobody talks about it anymore, especially because he got himself a pretty, young wife and a baby. But JM is Black, so he may not have an easy time. I don’t even know anymore.

    • Lightpurple says:

      The prosecutor has not closed the case.

      • detritus says:

        Thank you for explaining this. His camp is saying it’s been dropped and I thought the charges were by the State not the girlfriend.

    • Concern Fae says:

      I feel so bad for her.

      If anyone wants to know more about how this world works, there’s a new mystery thriller by Jordan Harper, Everybody Knows, about a female black bag PR specialist. I normally dislike ripped from the headlines stuff, but this one really goes into the ugly details about how these sorts of stories are hushed up. It also manages to show clearly show the damage done to the young stars who get abused on their way to fame, and the even worse outcomes for those without commercial potential.

  11. Tarzana says:

    Always felt a peculiar vibe from him. This was probably it.

    • Michelle says:

      Same! At the Oscars, his vibe seemed off compared to MBJ.

    • gah says:

      same. I almost never clicked on any article related to him (and I read most everything). I couldn’t figure out why…it wasn’t conscious.

  12. ML says:

    Weird: Pagesix is the NY gossip site (part of the really scary NY Post). The Post has an article on this, but Pagesix doesn’t seem to have covered it at all. TMZ (toxic CA site) did.
    Next, one of the comments on the Post site (be careful, many commenters are racist and this place is ugly) was that since JM wasn’t charged with strangulation, he was able to be released without bail. Considering the woman has visible injuries to her face and neck, and she just (was forced to?) recanted, this might be a lot nastier. Someone seems to be protecting JM.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      Yeah, JM has just EzraMillered himself, apparently.

    • detritus says:

      The US military just pulled a multi million dollar ad program featuring him.

      Literally, all he needed to do was NOT beat a woman and he couldn’t do that.

      What talented women have been overlooked for charming sociopaths like this?

      • Emmi says:

        Oh my god. Yes. That really hits the nails on the head. All he had to do was NOT be a violent monster. It seems an impossible task for so many people, mostly men.

        To your last point. I often wonder what talents and brains we have left to starve in warzones, in refugee camps, in horrible circumstances. What the world could look like if it was more equal. Because the world is run largely by men of mediocre intelligence but above-average ambition and greed, coupled with sociopathic tendencies.

      • Sondra Jackson says:

        So you know for a fact that this is true and that JM is a violent monster, because of what oh I forgot “Women Never Lie”. You all have no interest in whether or not there is any proof that he did or did not attack this woman. You and most of the women on this thread are already intent on destroying him. Please keep this same energy if someone accuses someone you love of doing this, remember “No Proof” necessary.

    • ML says:

      Uh, Pagesix and TMZ are BOTH owned by Murdoch. I had forgotten that. Running this story via TMZ, based in California, versus Pagesix based in NY…Why? Is someone in NY blocking this? Marvel is CA, but that seems like it’s less of an issue.
      Good to read the the Army dropped him immediately. I just get the feeling that there’s something nastier that’s being covered up and up until I read this news I liked JM.

      • lionfire says:

        Emmi, about your last paragraph-I often ask myself the same thing!
        There’s a rapper in my country, he has a line in one song:
        “If Jesus were born today, he’d be stuck in a refugee camp.”
        I think that sums it up perfectly!

  13. ncboudicca says:

    What a bummer, I really liked him as Kang in “Loki”.

    If what some of the commenters are saying about this being a pattern is true, I hope someone with firsthand knowledge is calling TMZ now before his lawyer smothers this incident and everyone pretends it didn’t happen.

  14. Pulplove says:

    The cynical part of me is inclined to believe that Olivia Pope’s real-life counterpart was sent in and her team got to work in any way possible to clear him. Two, not only one, but two recantations? Minor but visible injuries to the head and neck for which she was taken to a hospital suddenly become a mental health crisis?

    His attorney stated: “Unfortunately, this incident came about because this woman was having an emotional crisis, for which she was taken to a hospital yesterday. The NYPD is required to make an arrest in these situations” – Wait, what? This statement is worded so imprecise but to the effect that the arrest is completely minimized. So, in other words, there’s nothing to see here, just move along.

  15. tealily says:

    Man, that sucks. I really wanted to believe that he was Atticus from Lovecraft Country. I hate that shitty people are so often the ones who make it.

    • ME says:

      I wonder this too. So many successful people are real pieces of sh*t. I guess they have no morals and can easily use/manipulate/abuse/control people to get to the top. I don’t know what’s going on with this particular case. If there is video proving he is innocent, they need to release it ASAP. Otherwise, this dudes career is done. If he’s guilty, fu*ck him. If he’s innocent, then it’s a good thing they have video proof. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

      • tealily says:

        Even if he is innocent, the fact that so many people have stepped up and said “yeah, that sounds right” doesn’t really paint the best picture of him.

  16. Nicegirl says:

    I completely understand how she’s having an emotional crisis after being assaulted by a loved one.

    I hope she’s ok.

  17. Erika says:

    Wow, this is a major disappointment! I haven’t heard any of the blind items. Strangulation?? That’s gruesome and terrible. I hope his ex gf is safe. Dude ruined all his success.

  18. solidgold says:

    I hope the victim is okay.

    Everything coming since the incident is from his spin doctors. There are doing a major cleanup in the media and on social media.

  19. phaedra7 says:

    One of my relatives saw some info from another blog stating that his accusing has RECANTED their accusations towards him:

    [Hell, I hope that the above is NOT CLICK-BAIT!]

    • HeatherC says:

      It’s not uncommon for DV victims to recant their accusations. DV often happens in a cycle after all. So victim recanting still doesn’t mean he’s in the clear. I was lucky, the third time I tried to recant it was already out of my hands and with my area’s district attorney so he was finally punished (not nearly enough)

    • Emily_C says:

      And the purposeful confusing of the issue starts. Does he have the same pr social media team Trump, Depp, and Pitt all share?

  20. Sondra Jackson says:

    WOW! can we at least wait for the video evidence from the Uber/Cab before lynching this man’s career. From what I’ve read the Uber/Cab had a dash cam in it and there is video of what happened. If he did it then yes his career should be over, but if it comes out that the video shows that he didn’t do this, from what I am reading in these comments, it will not matter to most of you. The one part of the whole #METOO thing is that society likes to pretend that women never lie. MY History tell us that is a complete lie. I will wait before dragging this man.

    • Imara219 says:

      Shhh, you are speaking common sense. He has countless witnesses, an Uber dashcam, and no one is supporting those two Twitter accounts. Basically nothing was vetted, those guys did not even know JM personally or seen any of the behavior they were “gossipping” about. You are correct if JM is innocent it wouldn’t matter to some people. If he did do it he deserves the scorn bit this was a lot.

      • Sondra Jackson says:

        Thank you!, It’s always like this, no one waits for any evidence, they just attack. I am really hoping that he did not do this. If he did then he will be on the growing list of people whom I do not support.

  21. otaku fairy says:

    It’s too bad people don’t realize waiting & seeing can happen quietly.

  22. ClaireB says:

    If JM was well known as an abuser in the NY theater/film scene, how did the Marvel machine miss it? That’s pretty poor on them, when they were trying to make another big villain out of Kang. Get a little background, guys.

    I liked him in Loki, didn’t see Ant Man. I probably won’t watch anything with JM in it, if this is true.

    • Concern Fae says:

      Marvel didn’t know about Chadwick’s illness. When you self-insure, these things can get swept over and covered up. Outside insurers would probably be doing more investigating.

    • Emily_C says:

      Disney does not give one fine damn. I mean, it’s not like he said something icky on Twitter, where there’s a paper trail. Besides, their last CEO literally said that words mattered and actions didn’t really. Disney is peachy with anyone who abuses women and children. That can be obfuscated, the victims can be smeared, and “we’ll never know the real truth”, “she’s crazy”, and “they were both abusers” propaganda can easily be spread. Then they can plaster rainbows on their next project (with all its abusive working conditions) and they figure all will be forgotten.

  23. Bread and Circuses says:

    Darn it, I really liked his acting.

    But then I really liked Kevin Spacey’s acting, and I’m happy to see him remained unemployed too.

  24. The Recluse says:

    I am not going to rush to judgement either way. I am going to wait for the evidence for both sides. Hopefully, none of the evidence will be buried.