A trial date of August 3 has been set in the lawsuit against Jonathan Majors on charges of sexual assault and harassment.
Majors appeared in person in New York Criminal Court on Tuesday for a status conference related to the charges. The Marvel actor entered the courtroom wearing sunglasses and a brown linen suit. Later, he took off the sunglasses and walked over to the couch, holding a brown cup and what looked like a Bible.
The Marvel actor was arrested in New York on March 25 when police responded to a 911 call in Chelsea.
Police said a 30-year-old woman reported being assaulted by the actor and suffered minor injuries to her head and neck.
Priya Chaudhry, Majors’ criminal defense attorney, has denied any wrongdoing on her client’s part, saying he called 911 out of concern for the woman’s “mental health.”
Majors, who was released from police custody later that day on March 25, is charged with assault and aggravated harassment.
Since the alleged incident, a judge has granted a full temporary protection order to the woman involved in the case. The warrant was requested by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and granted with the consent of defense counsel, who called the move standard practice.
Judge Rachel S. Pauley informed Majors and Chaudhry on Tuesday that the actor must continue to comply with the full order to stay away for protection, which includes no contact with the individual.
The counts and charges against Majors have remained the same, but new complaint language was introduced by the prosecutor at the May 9 hearing, saying the woman also allegedly sustained injuries to her right arm and was pushed into a car by Majors , in addition to the previously reported laceration to her right ear and finger (the complaint no longer includes reports of bruises and injuries to the neck).
Chaudhry has claimed that the woman involved “lied” about the alleged incident and that Majors’ defense team had additional video to back up that claim (Chaudhry’s team had previously released video and text messages between the woman and Majors). Chaudhry also claimed that the treatment of majors by the police and criminal justice system is an example of racial bias.
In April, Majors was dropped by his management company, Entertainment 360, and PR team, The Lede Company. A day after his arrest, an Army Enterprise Marketing Office representative said a U.S. Army ad campaign featuring Majors had been interrupted.