Six weeks after he was arrested by the NYPD Jonathan Majors could face up to a year in prison for assault over an alleged incident of domestic violence. During a Tuesday morning hearing, the Manhattan Attorney’s Office released a substitute complaint with a third-degree indictment assault, per meeting; the charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison or three years probationary period.
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The majors virtually attended the hearing in New York City and did not object to the new indictment. During the trial, Judge Rachel S. Pauley told Majors that he must attend in person his next hearing, scheduled for June 13; if he does not show up, a warrant could be issued for his arrest. major was charged first with multiple third-degree attacks—as well as three counts of attempted third-degree assault, one count of aggravated second-degree harassment, and one count of second-degree harassment –on March 28th.
At the end of April, the prosecutor of Majors a temporary full protection order, which barred her and the Majors from any contact until his final court date. Although the unnamed accuser remains the main defendant in the case, diversity reported in April that “several alleged abuse victims by Majors have come forward following his arrest in March and are cooperating with the Manhattan Attorney’s Office.”
Although Majors had little to say during his court appearances, his attorney Priya Chaudhry passionately denounced the prosecutors’ case in a statement The AV Club, where she cited “the racial bias that permeates the criminal justice system” as the source of the proceedings. In the weeks following Majors’ arrest, Chaudhry has steadfastly maintained that Majors was a victim, not an aggressor, in the incident.
“We have presented the district attorney with irrefutable evidence that the woman is lying, including video evidence showing nothing happened, particularly where she claimed it was,” Chaudhry said. “We did so with the prosecution’s explicit promise that since we proved the woman was lying, they would not ‘fix’ her case and change it.”
She continued: “This is a witch hunt against Jonathan Majors, fueled by unsubstantiated claims. Instead of dismissing the allegations in the face of the woman’s clear lies, prosecutors have amended the charges to reflect the woman’s new lies. For the record, there are no new charges against Mr. Majors.”
Finally, Chaudhry described an alleged interaction between majors and a white police officer that she claimed illustrated a “blatant double standard” within the criminal justice system.
“When Mr. Majors showed a white policeman the injuries the woman had inflicted on him, the white policeman went in Mr. Majors’ face and taunted him, saying that if the policeman hit Mr. Majors, the policeman would not his.” break fingers,” Chaudhry said. “None of the white officers present investigated Mr. Majors’ attack. Worse, the district attorney has indicated no intention of bringing charges against the woman or even investigating the truth.” Chaudhry did not respond to the statement, nor did she identify any of the officers involved in the alleged incident.
The Majors case quickly made waves in his professional life – the once hotly sought-after one since his arrest actor has been since dropped by his talent manager Entertainment 360 and PR firm The Lede Company. As early as late March, the US Army also put a pin in the direction of Gen Z job advertisements with majors. How the mounting allegations against majors will affect his central role in the next phases of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe remains to be seen; The studio has yet to issue a public statement on the case.