Jonathan Majors – Disney Hesitant To Drop Actor Before Assault Case Goes To Trial Out Of Fear He May Sue: ‘There Is Definitely A Legal consideration’
Disney seems to be taking the innocent until proven guilty approach to actor Jonathan Majors’ recent arrest.
According to reports, the entertainment conglomerate is keeping ties with the Marvel movie star until his assault case goes to trial.
Reportedly, the decision was made over concern that Jonathan Majors, 33, could sue the company if they drop him too soon. An inside source on the matter reportedly stated:
“It’s very possible they are waiting for things to play out before they make that decision.”
“There is definitely a legal consideration, they need to gather facts should there be a dispute over his removal from any projects.”
As we covered earlier this week, the “Creed 3” star parted ways with his management and PR team amid the arrest. Thus far, however, there have been no official statements from Disney. The company arguably has the most to lose as they’ve reportedly signed Jonathan Majors to a $20 million contract across several projects. Most notably, the Yale drama graduate has signed on to be the next major villain in the billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe, portraying the Thanos like character Kang The Conqueror.
Majors was arrested following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend Grace Jabbari last month. The 30-year-old reportedly called authorities to the couple’s location in Chelsea, Manhattan following an argument, which turned into the actor being detained on charges of assault and strangulation. Despite the allegations, Majors‘ lawyers have maintained his innocence.
Reportedly, the “Ant Man and the Wasp” star denies ever putting his hands on the woman, and says he’s being targeted for being a Black man. His legal team reportedly seems to be taking an “aggressive approach” to prove his innocence, releasing texts and video footage that dispute Jabarri’s claims. It’s reported that some evidence includes clips of Jabarri being “coached” by authorities prior to her blow up with Majors. Additionally, it’s been reported that other alleged victims have come forward to work with the D.A. on the case. This has not been confirmed by their offices, however. Majors is reportedly set to appear in court for the case on the 8th of next month.
One report claims that there have been “zero” conversations at Disney about dropping their newest Marvel villain. It’s reported that Majors’ several projects with the network includes back-end compensation for “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty”, a starring role in “Avengers: Secret Wars”, as well as a separate deal to appear as Kang in “Loki” on Disney+. Also, the Disney owned studio Searchlight reportedly picked up another of Majors projects, “Magazine Dreams”, which is reportedly being discussed among Oscar contenders.
A source reportedly added that Disney’s decision not to immediately cut ties could be perceived as them standing against cancel culture. They stated:
“Many people in Hollywood are so fearful of the ‘guilt by association’ that they would rather cut someone and damage their reputation, instead of taking any chance of potentially hurting their own.”
There has still been no word from Disney officials.
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