NEW YORK — Rising film star Jonathan Majors on Sunday denied charges he choked and assaulted a woman during a domestic disturbance, saying through his lawyer that the woman has already recanted the allegations.
Majors, 33, who recently starred in “Creed III” and played the villain “Kang the Conqueror” in the latest Marvel movie, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of misdemeanor assault, attempted assault and aggravated harassment.
He called 911 from his penthouse apartment near W. 22nd Street and Eighth Street because his live-in girlfriend was causing problems, police sources said. When police arrived, they noticed she was injured, and she told them he hit her face, grabbed her hand and put his hand to her throat, the sources said.
On Sunday, Majors’ lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, called Majors “completely innocent and provably the victim,” and said they’re gathering evidence to show the Manhattan District Attorney's Office he didn’t assault her.
“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.
“Unfortunately, this incident came about because this woman was having an emotional crisis, for which she was taken to a hospital yesterday,” Chaudhry added. “The NYPD is required to make an arrest in these situations, and this is the only reason Mr. Majors was arrested. We expect these charges to be dropped soon.”
A spokesman for Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg declined comment Sunday.
Chaudhry’s lawyer didn’t respond to a follow-up question about why the NYPD was supposedly “required to make an arrest.”
Majors, who rose to prominence after appearing in the indie movie “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” in 2019 and starred in the HBO series “Lovecraft Country,” is poised to play an outsized, highly anticipated role in the multibillion-dollar Marvel film franchise.
He’s played versions of the “Kang” character in the first season of the TV show “Loki” and in the recently released “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” and is expected to reprise the role in at least one upcoming “Avengers” film and Loki’s second season.
Law enforcement sources said the woman worked on the “Quantumania” set.
Majors was released without bail at a brief arraignment Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court where a judge issued a limited order of protection for the victim. He’s due back in court in May.
Adele isn’t saying goodbye to her Las Vegas residency any time soon.
The “Hello” singer on Sunday added 34 concerts to her “Weekends with Adele” residency, which was previously scheduled to conclude with Saturday night’s show at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.
The new performances will take place at that same venue between June 16 and Nov. 4 , organizers announced Sunday.
The official confirmation came hours after Adele teased to her audience that the residency would go on and that a concert film would follow.
“Playing to 4,000 people for 34 dates is not enough, and I know that ,” Adele told the crowd Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “So I am coming back for a few weeks in June, and I’m going to release it to make sure anyone who wants to see this show can see it.”
The London-born Adele — a 16-time Grammy winner known for hits such as “Rolling in the Deep” and “Easy on Me” — began her Vegas residency last November. The first leg also included 34 concerts.
William Shatner, Monica Lewinsky and other prolific Twitter commentators — some household names, others little-known journalists — could soon be losing the blue check marks that helped verify their identity on the social media platform.
They could get the marks back by paying up to $11 a month. But some longtime users, including 92-year-old Star Trek legend Shatner, have balked at buying the premium service championed by Twitter's billionaire owner and chief executive Elon Musk.
After months of delay, Musk is gleefully promising that Friday is the deadline for celebrities, journalists and others who'd been verified for free to pony up or lose their legacy status.
"It will be glorious," he tweeted Monday, in response to a Twitter user who noted that Friday is also April Fools' Day.
After buying Twitter for $44 billion in October, Musk has been trying to boost the struggling platform's revenue by pushing more people to pay for a premium subscription.
Along with verifying celebrities, one of Twitter's main reasons to mark profiles with a free blue check mark starting about 14 years ago was to verify politicians, activists and people who suddenly find themselves in the news, as well as little-known journalists at small publications around the globe, as an extra tool to curb misinformation coming from accounts that are impersonating people.
Lewinsky tweeted a screenshot Sunday of all the people impersonating her, including at least one who appears to have paid for a blue check mark. She asked, “what universe is this fair to people who can suffer consequences for being impersonated? a lie travels half way around the world before truth even gets out the door.”
Shatner, known for his irreverent humor, also tagged Musk with a complaint about the promised changes.
“I’ve been here for 15 years giving my (clock emoji) & witty thoughts all for bupkis,” he wrote. “Now you’re telling me that I have to pay for something you gave me for free?”
For now, those who still have the blue check but apparently haven’t paid the premium fee — a group that includes Beyoncé, Stephen King, Barack and Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Tucker Carlson, Drake and Musk himself — have messages appended to their profile saying it is a “legacy verified account. It may or may not be notable.”
One of Musk's first product moves after taking over Twitter was to launch a service granting blue checks to anyone willing to pay $8 a month. But it was quickly inundated by imposter accounts, including those impersonating Nintendo, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Musk’s businesses Tesla and SpaceX, so Twitter had to temporarily suspend the service days after its launch.
From combined wire services