A woman who has accused the actor Jonathan Majors of assaulting her in a car in Manhattan in March was arrested late Wednesday on a countercomplaint he filed against her, claiming to be the true victim in the altercation, the police said.
The woman, Grace Jabbari, was charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief and released with a desk appearance ticket that requires her to appear in court at a later date, the police said.
The arrest occurred even though the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a court filing this month that it had told lawyers for Ms. Jabbari and Mr. Majors in September that the office “would decline to prosecute” her “if she were arrested.” The filing did not explain what was behind the decision not to prosecute.
A lawyer for Ms. Jabbari did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Majors has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and harassment charges arising from the March episode. Ms. Jabbari’s surrender came the same day a Manhattan judge set a Nov. 29 trial date after rejecting the actor’s bid to dismiss the charges.
Mr. Majors, a 34-year-old Yale graduate, was a rising Hollywood star when the altercation with Ms. Jabbari, his former girlfriend, occurred. Performances in vehicles like the HBO series “Lovecraft Country,” the film “Creed III” and the gritty drama “Magazine Dreams” had marked him as a potential Oscar contender, and his character Kang, from “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” was emerging as a linchpin of Disney’s Marvel franchise.
The fallout from his arrest was swift. The U.S. Army pulled two recruiting commercials featuring him, with a spokeswoman explaining that “prudence dictates that we pause our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”
His movie career is effectively on hold. In part because of the continuing actors’ strike, Disney does not need to make a decision about his future involvement in the Marvel films until next year. “Magazine Dreams,” which stars Mr. Majors as a troubled bodybuilder and which generated buzz at the Sundance Film Festival, remains on Disney’s theatrical calendar for December, with the company’s art-house division, Searchlight Pictures, as the distributor.
In light of Mr. Majors’s legal problems, theater owners expect Disney to push the film into next year, with an announcement coming as soon as this week. A Searchlight spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
In their filing this month, prosecutors said the episode at issue, on March 25, began when Mr. Majors and Ms. Jabbari, 30, were using a car service to go from Brooklyn to their Manhattan home.
During the ride, the filing says, Ms. Jabbari saw a message on Mr. Majors’s phone that said, “Wish I was kissing you right now.” She grabbed the phone to see who had sent the message, the filing says.
Mr. Majors, the filing says, began to grab the right side of Ms. Jabbari’s body and to pry her middle finger off the phone. He then grabbed her arm and hand, twisted her forearm and struck her right ear, cutting it, the filing says. Grabbing his phone, he left the car, the filing says.
When Ms. Jabbari tried to get out, according to the filing, Mr. Majors picked her up and threw her back inside. In addition to the cut on her ear, the filing says, Ms. Jabbari sustained a broken finger, bruises on her body and a bump on her head.
In April, after Mr. Majors had been charged, his lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, wrote to a judge that Ms. Jabbari’s version of events was a “complete lie” and that Ms. Jabbari had been the aggressor, hitting and scratching Mr. Majors.
Ms. Jabbari, Ms. Chaudhry wrote, had then gone out clubbing, had passed out in a closet at home and had woken up to find the injuries to her finger and ear. Two months later, Mr. Majors filed the countercomplaint against Ms. Jabbari accusing her of assault, The police subsequently developed sufficient evidence to support the charges on which she was arrested. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
Among the other notable details in the prosecutors’ filing was the mention of a “police report prepared by the London Metropolitan Police” as a piece of potential evidence in the case, as well as the prosecutors’ efforts to obtain “medical records from London related to an incident that occurred in September 2022.” The filing does not indicate who was involved in the incident.
The filing also questions the veracity of a witness statement provided by the defense. In the purportedly firsthand statement, the filing says, the witness said that he saw Ms. Jabbari slap and “tussle with” Mr. Majors and that Mr. Majors had “gently” placed Ms. Jabbari in the car.
When prosecutors presented the statement to the witness, the filing says, he said that he had not written or approved it, that he had not previously known it existed and that the statements attributed to him were false.
Ms. Chaudhry did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Brooks Barnes and Jonah E. Bromwich contributed reporting.