Jonathan Majors released text messages Thursday that seem to indicate that he is not at fault for Saturday’s domestic dispute that led to his arrest. Read the messages inside…
Jonathan Majors has released a series of text messages that seem to indicate he is not at fault for the domestic dispute that led to his recent arrest.
The texts, allegedly sent by the woman involved in the incident just hours after the CREED III star’s arrest, claim that “this was not an attack and they do not have my blessing on any charges being placed.”
According to the messages, the woman takes responsibility for the altercation, saying that she tried to grab the actor’s phone and that he was simply trying to protect himself. She also disavows any allegations that he had done anything to her and confirms that he called 911 because of her mental condition.
“Please let me know you’re okay when you get this,” the woman wrote in the first text. “They assured me that you won’t be charged. They said they had to arrest you as protocol when they saw the injuries on me and they knew we had a fight. I’m so angry that they did. And I’m sorry you’re in this position. Will make sure nothing happens about this. I told them it was my fault for trying to grab your phone. I only just got out of hospital. Just call me when you’re out.”
The second text simply read: “I love you.”
In the third text message, she allegedly wrote, “They just called again to check on me and I reiterated how this was not an attack and they do not have my blessing on any charges being placed. I read the paper they gave me about strangulation and I said point blank this did not occur and should be removed immediately. The judge is definitely going to be told this. She ensured this to me. I know you have the best team and there’s nothing to worry about I just want you to know that I’m doing all I can my end. I also said to tell the judge to know that the origin of the call was to do with me collapsing and passing out and your worry as my partner due to our communication prior. Out of care. She promised all will be relayed.”
Sent from the offices of Jonathan’s attorney, Priya Chaudhry, the texts were meant to reaffirm the stance that the unnamed woman “was the one who used physical force against” Jonathan, and that she “also disavowed any allegations that he had done anything to her and confirmed that Mr. Majors called 911 because of her mental condition,” per a statement from Chaudhry.
The messages released come as a supplement to supposedly forthcoming evidence that should, per Chaudhry, deem Jonathan as “completely innocent” and show that he is “provably the victim” of the altercation.
“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 in a statement Sunday. “All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever.”
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On Saturday, the NYPD said in a statement regarding the actor’s arrest that they responded to a 911 call from an apartment located in the 10th Precinct at approximately 11:14 a.m. local. It’s reported Jonathan and the woman got into an argument in a taxi after leaving a bar in Brooklyn.
The unnamed woman, alleged to be his girlfriend, reportedly “sustained minor injuries to her head and neck and was removed to an area hospital in stable condition.” The “Lovecraft Country” star stood charged with numerous counts of misdemeanor assault and harassment. He was arraigned Sunday and released on his own recognizance.
Following his arrest in New York City on Saturday, Jonathan Majors was officially charged with assault and harassment.
Adding to the controversy, this arrest came hot on the heels of the US Army’s “Be All You Can Be” ad campaign featuring the Marvel star. In a recent statement, the organization announced that the campaign is now on pause.
“The US Army is aware of the arrest of Jonathan Majors, and we are deeply concerned by the allegations surrounding his arrest,” Laura DeFrancisco, the public affairs chief for the Army Enterprise Marketing Office, said in a statement. “While Mr. Majors is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”
It remains to be seen whether the release of these text messages will help Jonathan’s case. Some legal experts have argued that the messages may be inadmissible as evidence, as they were not made under oath and were sent after the incident. Furthermore, the fact that the woman has recanted her initial accusations may be seen as a red flag, as victims of domestic violence are often pressured or intimidated into retracting their statements.
On the other hand, the release of the messages may help to sway public opinion in Jonathan’s favor. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the prevalence of false accusations in cases of domestic violence, and many people may be inclined to give the actor the benefit of the doubt based on the woman’s apparent change of heart.
The actor’s recent film roles include playing the villain Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, as well as his role as Damian “Diamond Dame” Anderson in CREED III. He is poised to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next Thanos-level villain as the star of the forthcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Do you think the text messages will help his case at all?