Jonathan Majors’ Attorney Says Victim Retracted Assault Charges

A lawyer for Jonathan Majors said that the woman who indicted him of assaulting her on Friday night has taken back her claims and given statements to prove it.

“Jonathan Majors is completely innocent and is probably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows,” said attorney Priya Chaudhry in a statement released on Sunday. “We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently. This evidence includes video footage from the vehicle where this episode took place, witness testimony from the driver and others who both saw and heard the episode, and most importantly, two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations. All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever.”

Additionally, Chaudhry asserted that the incident occurred because the victim experienced an “emotional crisis” that required hospitalization.

“In these situations, the NYPD is required to make an arrest, and this is the only reason Mr. Majors was arrested,” she wrote. We anticipate that these charges will be dropped soon.

The New York City Police Department arrested Majors on Saturday for allegedly hitting a woman in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, cutting her behind the ear, and grabbing her by the neck. According to TMZ, the woman is Majors’ girlfriend, and the argument occurred in a taxi on the way home from a Brooklyn bar.

On Saturday night, Majors was released after being charged with multiple misdemeanor assault and harassment counts. On May 8, he is due back in court.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on whether it had received any denials of the allegations and instead forwarded the complaint against Majors.

In this complaint, an NYPD officer states that the victim told him she “saw the defendant strike her in the face with an open hand, causing her significant pain and a cut behind her ear.”

She saw the defendant grab her hand, resulting in finger swelling, bruising, and substantial pain; she also saw the defendant place his hand on her neck, resulting in similar bruising and pain.

Chaudhry did not immediately respond to our questions about whether or not the woman had filed any new statements, when, or with whom.