AceShowbiz - Jonathan Majors' attorney has blasted the justice system as his assault case is still on post-hearing. Priya Chaudhry, who represents the actor, likens it to "a witch hunt" that highlights "racial bias."
In a lengthy statement issued after the hearing on Tuesday, May 9, Chaudhry claimed that the D.A. Disregarded the evidence they submitted to counter the alleged victim's claims. "We have provided the District Attorney (D.A.) with irrefutable evidence that the woman is lying, including video proof showing nothing happened, especially not where she claimed," she said. "We did this with the explicit promise from the D.A. that they would not 'fix' their case and change it as we proved the woman is lying."
The attorney continued, "Yet this false case continues, the woman's claimed location shifts and her story morphs. 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 D.A. has adjusted the charges to match the woman's new lies. To be clear, there are no new charges against Mr. Majors."
Chaudhry claimed they still have more evidence to prove Majors' innocence. "Now, we have obtained even more video evidence of his innocence, but we are hesitant to share it, for fear the D.A. will tip the woman off to change her story again," she stated.
Chaudhry went on claiming that authorities ignored the fact that Majors was also injured by his ex-girlfriend during the altercation. "The criminal justice system is saturated with explicit and implicit bias. When Mr. Majors showed a white police officer the injuries the woman caused him, the white officer got in Mr. Majors's face and taunted him, saying that if the officer were to slap Mr. Majors, the officer wouldn't break his finger," she divulged.
"None of the white officers present investigated the assault of Mr. Majors. Worse, the District Attorney has not indicated any intention to pursue charges against the woman, or even investigate the truth," she added, before concluding, "This glaring double standard between the treatment of Jonathan Majors, a Black man weighing 200 lbs., and his accuser, highlights the racial bias that permeates the criminal justice system."
Majors appeared in a lower Manhattan court on Tuesday morning via Zoom. During the brief conference, Judge Rachel S. Pauley discussed a motion filed by the "Creed III" star's defense team that the prosecution has until May 23 to respond. The defense will have until May 31 to respond back. It's not clear what the motion is about, though.
The judge informed that Majors needs to appear in court on June 13, when a decision will be made regarding that motion. If he fails to show up in person, a warrant can be issued for his arrest within 48 hours. "I obviously don't want that to happen, so just stay in touch with your attorney," the judge told the 33-year-old star.
Majors was arrested on assault, strangulation and harassment charges following a domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend, who is reported to be Grace Jabbari, on March 25 in New York City. Police said that they noticed the 30-year-old woman "sustained minor injuries to her head and neck."