Actor Jonathan Majors appeared virtually in New York Criminal Court on Tuesday for a status conference in his assault and harassment case.
During the hearing, the District Attorney introduced new details, which Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, described as a “witch hunt” against the actor.
Judge Rachel S. Pauley ordered Major to continue to abide by the full stay-away order for protection. The order includes no contact with the woman who alleges Majors assaulted her. Chaudhry spoke on the judge’s ruling at the time of the original order for protection, saying it was “standard in cases such as this, and we consented because Mr. Majors wants nothing to do with the woman who assaulted him.”
Majors was arrested on March 25 in New York after a 30-year-old woman alleged he had assaulted her and caused minor injuries to her head and neck.
Chaudhry has denied any wrongdoing by his client, saying it was his client who called 911 for help because he was concerned about the woman’s “mental health,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
Majors faces misdemeanor charges of assault and aggravated harassment. He did not speak during the hearing except when he had to respond to the judge’s prompts.
The counts and charges remain the same. However, the DA updated the complaint to include allegations that the woman also allegedly injured her right arm and was pushed into a car by Majors, allegations that the defense wants time to review.
Chaudhry released a statement after Tuesday’s hearing, saying that the woman involved was “lying” about the incident and that Majors’ defense team had additional video to support their defense. The criminal defense attorney also claimed the treatment of Majors by the police and the criminal justice is an example of racial bias.
“This is a witch hunt against Jonathan Majors, driven by baseless claims. Instead of dismissing the allegations in the face of the woman’s clear lies, the DA has adjusted the charges to match the woman’s new lies. To be clear, there are no new charges against Mr. Majors,” Chaudhry said.