The U.S. Army has reportedly pulled its “Be All You Can Be” ads featuring Creed III star Jonathan Majors. The news was first reported by Davis Winkie of The Army Times.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania star Jonathan Majors is currently at the center of an ongoing domestic violence case in New York. On the morning of Saturday, March 25, members of the New York Police Department received a call regarding a domestic dispute in Manhattan. At approximately 11 a.m., authorities arrived at the Chelsea-area apartment. A criminal complaint filed in connection to the incident alleges that Majors struck a 30-year-old woman “with an open hand, causing substantial pain and a laceration behind her ear.” Shortly thereafter, Majors was arrested on charges of harassment, assault and strangulation. After being detained, Majors was reportedly released without bail.
Unconfirmed reports from TMZ allege that the incident in question occurred on Friday evening after Majors and the 30-year-old woman left a bar in Brooklyn. While in the backseat of a taxi, the actor and the unidentified woman became engaged in a verbal dispute that allegedly resulted in Majors slapping the woman and placing his hands around her neck. The woman was reportedly dropped off in one location and Majors was dropped at another location. Hours later, a call was made to the police regarding the alleged incident.
Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, issued a statement refuting all charges on behalf of the Magazine Dreams actor. According to Chaudhry, there is video evidence of the incident and “two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations.”
“Jonathan Majors is completely innocent and is provably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows. We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the district attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently,” the statement reads.
“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, and this is the only reason Mr. Majors was arrested. We expect these charges to be dropped soon.”
Majors is a 33-year-old actor from Texas who rose to prominence through his roles in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Lovecraft Country and Da 5 Bloods. Recently, he has seen his profile rise through his work in Devotion, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Creed III. His role in Devotion earned him a position as the face of the U.S. Army’s “Be All You Can Be” campaign.
“The U.S. Army is aware of the arrest of Jonathan Majors and we are deeply concerned by the allegations surrounding his arrest,” U.S. Army spokesperson Laura DeFrancisco said.
“While Mr. Majors is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”
The Hollywood star is also set to appear in the upcoming film, Magazine Dreams. Days before the arrest, the film earned a December release. At this point, the film’s distributor, Searchlight Pictures, has not issued a statement.