Multiple women have come forward in a New York Times report against actor Jonathan Majors, whose lawyer denies their abuse allegations
Multiple women have come forward with additional abuse allegations against Jonathan Majors.
The new allegations come after Majors was found guilty in December of misdemeanor assault in the third degree, recklessly causing physical injury, as well as harassment in the second degree in a domestic violence case related to an alleged fight between him and former girlfriend Grace Jabbari in New York City in March 2023.
A new report from the New York Times published Thursday includes detailed accounts from two women who say they dated the Marvel actor: Emma Duncan, who alleged physical and emotional abuse, and Maura Hooper, who alleged emotional abuse.
Priya Chaudhry, a lawyer for the 34-year-old actor, described the relationships with both women as “toxic” and admitted that Majors “did say hurtful things,” but denied many of the claims of physical abuse in responses obtained by PEOPLE.
“These relationships were between young drama students and all began with mutual intensity,” Chaudhry said of the alleged relationships. Hooper and Majors dated from 2013 to 2015, while his relationship with Duncan lasted from 2015 to 2019.
The former relationship allegedly included an incident in which Hooper became pregnant and, after he dropped her at an abortion clinic, reneged on escorting her home afterward.
"Mr. Majors and Ms. Hooper mutually agreed that they should end the pregnancy," Chaudhry said. "That deeply sad event is still a painful memory for Mr. Majors."
During Majors’ relationship with Duncan, which began during his training at the Yale School of Drama in 2015, he reportedly threatened violence frequently. Duncan told the Times she was engaged to Majors throughout their four years together, and recalled an incident in which the actor threw her across a room.
Chaudhry denied that such an incident happened, acknowledging “many serious arguments” transpired. Responding to allegations from both women, the lawyer said that rather than focusing on the examples of their “troubling behavior” that Majors could provide, he “is choosing to take responsibility for his own part… focusing on himself, and addressing his lifelong depression.”
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The Times article also draws from interviews conducted with collaborators of Majors on his HBO drama Lovecraft Country. The actor was “a buddy to male technicians and craftspeople, but to women he could be testy and prone to argument,” according to the report, which mentioned several incidents where Majors allegedly intimidated female crew members.
Although HBO reportedly advised him to apologize at the time, Chaudhry said that Majors had “never been told that anyone objected to his behavior.”
“Mr. Majors is a method actor, well-respected for his ability to immerse himself in character. Countless female producers, co-stars, and members on set can attest to his professionalism.”
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