Jonathan Majors makes court appearance as lawyer, calls assault case a ‘witch hunt’ that exposes ‘racial prejudice’

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Jonathan Majors will be in for his assault case. (Photo: Invision/AP)

Jonathan Majors appeared in court via Zoom on Tuesday creed iii The star faces charges of assault and harassment. 33-year-old actor – touted as 's next big thing after HBO hit lovecraft countryThe Cinematic Universe's latest existential threat is being tapped to play Kang in a series of acclaimed indie films and multiple titles by 2025. avengers: kong dynasty His career was left in limbo two months ago after allegations of domestic violence surfaced.

Tuesday's conference was brief and routine. According to Diversity, the judge discussed a motion filed by the actor's defense team and prosecutors have until May 23 to respond. The defense will have until May 31 to respond. Major will next appear in court on 13 June – and must be there in person or a warrant could be issued for his arrest.

The judge reportedly told Rising Star, “Obviously I don't want that to happen, so just get in touch with your lawyer.”

Amid disturbing headlines, Major has maintained his innocence through his representatives. The actor's attorney, Priya Chowdhary, released the following statement after court on Tuesday:

We have provided the District Attorney (DA) with irrefutable evidence that the woman is lying, including video evidence showing nothing, specifically not where she claimed. We did this with the DA's explicit promise not to ‘fix' her case and change it because we proved the woman was lying.

Yet this false case continues, the woman's claimed location changes and her story changes. This is a witch hunt against Jonathan Majors fueled by baseless claims. Rather than dismiss the charges in the face of the woman's obvious lies, the DA adjusts the charges to the woman's new lies. To be clear, there are no new allegations against Mr. Major.

Now, we've got more video evidence of her innocence, but we're hesitant to share it, fearing the DA will again ask the woman to change her story.

The criminal justice system is riddled with explicit and implicit biases. When Mr. Majors showed a white police officer the injuries the woman had inflicted on him, the white officer got in Mr. Major's face and taunted him, saying that if the officer slapped Mr. Major, the officer would cut off his finger. Will not break None of the white officers present investigated Mr. Major's assault. Worse, the District Attorney has shown no intention of pursuing the charges against the woman or verifying the facts.

This glaring double standard between the treatment of Jonathan Majors, a black man weighing 200 pounds, and his accuser, exposes the racial bias that pervades the criminal justice system.

Fans and studio executives are anxiously watching to see how everything unfolds. Did more women come forward? Will the DA pursue the case? Here's what we know about the situation.

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March 25

Police responded to a 911 call involving an altercation between Major and a 30-year-old woman, later revealed to be his girlfriend at the time.

An NYPD spokesperson said, “The victim informed police that she was assaulted.” statement, “Officers took the 33-year-old male into custody without incident. The victim suffered minor head and neck injuries and was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.”

A rep for Major denies wrongdoing via email: “We look forward to clearing his name and clearing it.”

A judge grants a limited order of protection to the alleged victim and orders that Major be released on his own recognizance.

March 26

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has confirmed that Major has been charged on a complaint involving misdemeanor charges of assault and aggravated assault. In the complaint, the accused claims that the actor “hit her on the face with an open hand, causing great pain and a wound behind her ear.” She accuses him of “putting his hands on her neck, which hurt and caused great pain.”

Major hired criminal defense attorney Priya Chowdhary, who represented real housewives of salt lake city star Jane Shah at her federal trial. Chowdhary talks one more thing neglectful statement, telling the media Majors “is the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows” and claimed the woman was “in an emotional crisis”. The attorney says his team has evidence to clear Major, including “video footage from the vehicle where the incident occurred, witness testimony from the driver and others who saw and heard the episode, and most importantly That the two written statements of the woman are being reiterated. These allegations.”

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March 30

Major's lawyer releases text messages between the actor and the alleged victim, but the correspondence only raises more questions.

In a new statement, Chowdhary told Yahoo that Major was the one who called 911 “out of concern for the woman's mental health. … Police arrived with paramedics, as is standard procedure, and the NYPD due to Mr. arrested Mr. Major. Protocols requiring arrest under certain circumstances. On the same day, only and nine hours later, the woman sent text messages to Mr. Major admitting that she was the one who used physical force against him She also denied all allegations that they did anything to her and confirmed that Mr. Major called 911 because of her mental state. Here are the messages, which redacted the woman's name for privacy .

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In the messages, which Yahoo could not authenticate, the woman says, “Please let me know you're okay when you receive it. They assured me you wouldn't be charged. They said they'd like to see you as protocol.” I have to arrest them. They saw the bruises on me and they knew we had a fight. I'm so angry they did this. And I'm sorry you're in this situation. Will make sure nothing about this Are.”

The alleged victim said in another message that she told the police “It was my fault that I tried to snatch your phone. I just got out of the hospital. I love you.”

A few hours later, the woman writes to the Major: “He called again to check on me and I reiterated how this was not an assault and that he did not have my blessing on any charges. I read the paper he gave me and I said no way it didn't and it should be removed immediately. The judge is definitely going to be told this. I know you have the best team and nothing to worry about Yes, I want you to know that I am doing the best I can on my part. I also asked the judge to know that the origin of the call had to do with me falling and passing out and that our prior communication Because of your concern as my partner. Out of focus. He promised all will be aired.”

18 April

Major is fired by his publicist and manger, a shocking move given his slate of projects over the next several years and the fact that it is still weeks away from his first court date. The actor was already generating awards buzz for his role in journal dreams, emerging a critics' favorite from this year's Sundance Film Festival. He shot for the second season of bottle gourd for Disney+ and was scheduled to appear in at least three upcoming Marvel movies through 2025. As for his future in the MCU, there haven't been discussions about reprising his role, with sources saying the Disney-owned studio is taking a wait-and-see approach.

deadline Major has been removed from several projects, including reports man in my basement in which he was drafted to star and executive produce. He was also cut from the Texas Rangers MLB ad campaign and is no longer being considered to star in the Otis Redding biopic.

19 April

Diversity More alleged victims have come forward and are cooperating with the Manhattan DA's office, according to reports. Major's counsel disputed that in a statement Los Angeles Times,

“This story is baseless and without any basis,” Chowdhary declared. “Jonathan Major is innocent and has not abused anyone. Mr Major is currently considering his legal options.”

Chowdhry tells Yahoo: “Jonathan Major is innocent and has not abused anyone. We have provided irrefutable evidence to the district attorney that the allegations are false. We are confident that he will be vindicated.”

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April 20

Yahoo Entertainment obtains documents containing evidence presented by Major's defense team.

In the video footage, the alleged victim is shown clubbing after the alleged assault, where she appears to be able to use her right hand and is alleged to have broken the Major's finger. Chowdhary writes, “She danced her way to the DJ booth, handed the DJ a note, danced wildly (even dangling the DJ booth by her right hand), drank champagne, and smoked a Did – clearly had a good time.” in a letter to the court, noting that he had several witnesses who would testify that he never killed the woman.

“As observed by the driver, who saw and heard everything, just before 1 o'clock, [the woman] Attacked Mr. Major in a car when she was trying to steal his phone. The driver will testify that Mr. Major never hit [her] Either way at any point in time…the driver will testify that he opened the door to help Mr. Major escape,” Chowdhury writes.[The woman] He then attacked Mr. Major in the street as he tried to run away from him. In doing so, and in an attempt to prevent him from running away, she tore off his coat buttons and ripped open his coat pockets; But he got away.”

The Major allegedly checked into a hotel while the woman was on her way out. After 3 a.m., she went back to her apartment and security video footage from the building appears to show she was safe at that time. The actor returned the next morning as he was worried about the woman's suicide threats.

Upon arrival, Major found the alleged victim vomiting on his bed and “unconscious” in his walk-in closet. In body-cam footage submitted to the court, the woman apparently told paramedics she took “some” sleeping pills. Major's lawyers say she may have fallen in the closet and suffered the injuries when she became unconscious.

27 April

is an alleged victim of Major given A temporary order of protection with the consent of defense counsel.

This story was originally published on Monday, May 8 at 8:41 pm and was updated to include details from Major's court appearance.