Jonathan Majors faces revised charge over woman’s domestic violence claim

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Actor Jonathan Majors has been confronted with a revised domestic violence charge stemming from a woman’s allegations that the Marvel star twisted her arm, struck her head and shoved her into a vehicle in New York City.

Majors, appearing by video, did not enter a plea to the misdemeanour assault charge and said little else at the arraignment, which lasted three minutes.

Prosecutors say the charge was rewritten to reflect the perspective of Majors’ 30-year-old accuser, rather than the police officer whose account was used in the original version — an indication she is cooperating with authorities.

His lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, says Majors is innocent and criticised prosecutors after Tuesday’s hearing for pursuing what she called a “witch hunt” against the actor.

Ms Chaudhry said she had provided the Manhattan district attorney’s office with “irrefutable evidence that the woman is lying, including video proof showing nothing happened, especially not where she claimed”. She added that the woman assaulted Majors.

“Instead of dismissing the allegations in the face of the woman’s clear lies, the DA has adjusted the charges to match the woman’s new lies,” Ms Chaudhry said.

Majors had been a fast-rising Hollywood star with major roles in recent hits like Creed III and Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania, but after his arrest, the US Army pulled TV commercials narrated by Majors, saying it was “deeply concerned” by the allegations.

His face was beamed on to a flat-screen monitor in front of the judge’s bench in Manhattan’s domestic violence courtroom on Tuesday. The room was crowded with reporters straining to catch a glimpse of the celebrity while around them non-famous New Yorkers waited for their cases to be called.

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Jonathan Majors (Ian West/PA)

At that hearing, the judge said, she will decide on a motion challenging the case that Majors’ lawyers have filed under seal.

The actor must also continue to abide by a protection order barring any contact with his accuser, Judge Pauley said.

According to the revised assault charge, Majors’ accuser alleges that he pulled her finger, twisted her right arm behind her back, struck and cut her right ear, and pushed her into a vehicle, causing her to fall backwards.

The woman, who was not named in court papers, was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to her head and neck, police said.

Ms Chaudhry accused police and prosecutors of racial bias against Majors, who is black. She said a white police officer confronted the actor and taunted him when he tried showing the officer injuries that he said the woman caused.

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