Update: The Internet is buzzing over an in-depth article published in the June 29 issue of Rolling Stone magazine that details Jonathan Majors’ alleged “extreme abuse” against former girlfriends and fellow actors.
Majors, 33, was arrested on March 25 for allegedly abusing his now ex-girlfriend. He denied the allegations through his legal team. However, those who know Majors claim he has a history of abusive and violent behavior, per Rolling Stone.
During a three-month investigation, Rolling Stone spoke with 40 people who recalled instances when Majors was abusive and violent towards ex-girlfriends and classmates.
One schoolmate said Majors was “really gentleman-like and sweet, but then he could also be really cold, scary, and violent.”
Some of the people who spoke to Rolling Stone declined to comment on specifics because they signed an NDA.
“My only response can be that I am silenced by an NDA he had me sign,” said one person who worked with Majors.
Majors allegedly strangled one woman he was dating, and was mentally and emotionally abusive with her, according to nine people. A second woman allegedly told friends that her relationship with Majors was “emotional torture.”
One woman said majors wanted her to be submissive and allow him to control every aspect of their lives, including what and when to eat.
Majors was also aggressive with fellow actors who were afraid of him. On the set of the upcoming film Magazine Dreams, the disgraced actor allegedly pushed one person and was physically intimidating while screaming at another person. His behavior led to at least one complaint to producers.
“No one is surprised that this is coming out,” one source told Rolling Stone. “It always felt like it was a matter of time because his behavior never changed. He’s kind of a bad dude, and now it’s just catching up with him.”
Majors’ legal team vigorously denied the allegations in separate responses to the outlet’s requests for comment.
As part of their response, his attorneys sent six character witness statements from women who dated Majors or were close with him. The attorneys said they “provided statements from Mr. Majors’s actual past romantic partners attesting to his character and the falsity of the charges, but Rolling Stone purposefully ignored those facts and red flags and published the false charges anyway.”
However, Rolling Stone reached out to all six women for comment. Three said they never gave Majors’ legal team permission to release any statements. Another woman said the statement attributed to her was pre-written, not truthful, and that she had never approved of its release.
Only one woman consented to making her statement public. Haley Carter, who claims she dated Majors from age 13 to 18, described him as “sweet, kind and gentle,” in a statement provided to his attorneys in late March.
“After 20 years of knowing him, I can tell you who Jonathan is. He did not do these things,” the statement said, in part. “He is exactly the opposite of what these allegations say. Jonathan is the most self-controlled, disciplined, well-mannered person I know. We all call him ‘the peacekeeper.’ He is not violent in any way.”
However, former classmates who attended Yale Drama School with the then-aspiring actor recalled a totally different man.
“There’s obviously hard-working intensity, and then there’s fear-based intensity,” explains one Yale graduate. “There’s this ‘Don’t step out of line with him. Just do what he says’ sort of thing. There’s an energy and a culture around him that you didn’t really cross the lines that he created.”
Other former students said Majors’ style of Method acting allegedly manifested into “dark intensity” and several confrontations and altercations with his peers.
“His behavior was very problematic for his class,” another Yale alumni says. “A lot of people felt in physical danger around him and certainly in mentally precarious positions because of him.”
“He was someone who would use his physicality to intimidate,” another schoolmate said.
After Majors graduated from Yale, his career took off. But his volatile personality soon emerged on the set of his movies.
“I’ve heard of different Method actors and how their behavior is, but none of them are violent or rude toward their crew,” one production member told Rolling Stone. “[Majors] was completely disrespectful and kind of violent toward everybody… It put everyone on a stress level because we can’t do our job because we were afraid we were gonna get hurt.”
“At the end of the day, it’s just a job. You leave it at the door,” another crew member added. “You don’t terrorize people with your character.”
Originally published on: June 29, 2023 at 9:33 a.m.
The New York Police Department says they have enough “probable cause” to charge Jonathan Majors’s ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari with assault.
The news comes after Majors’ lawyer filed a complaint alleging Jabbari was the “aggressor” who assaulted the former Marvel star during an altercation on March 25 in the Chinatown section of Manhattan.
The NYPD precinct that covers Majors’ Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan is one of 2 precincts involved in investigating the actor’s criminal complaint against Jabbari.
Jabbari was supposed to be taken into custody for questioning, according to Majors’ defense attorney Priya Chaudhry and a law enforcement source, per Insider.
Police found probable cause for an arrest warrant based on the criminal complaint filed by Majors’ legal team. But Jabbari’s arrest was put on hold by the district attorney’s office, sources told Insider.
Chaudhry accused the DA’s office of repeatedly pushing back against investigating or charging Jabbari, despite evidence that includes surveillance camera footage of the street dispute and Majors’ injuries.
The altercation on March 25 led to Majors’ arrest after he called police to assist Jabbari who was allegedly passed out drunk on a closet floor in their apartment.
Jabbari told police he caused injuries by twisting her arm, breaking her finger and hitting her in the ear, which led to bleeding.
However, Majors told police that Jabbari was “drunk and hysterical” and attacked him by grabbing, slapping and scratching his face.
Majors’ career is in ruins. Actress Meagan Good reportedly agreed to help him rehabilitate his public image. He has been accused of being violent and abusive toward a plethora of women in the past.
His trial is scheduled to begin on August 3.