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When It Comes to Jonathan Majors, Be Careful About What You Believe

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | June 29, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | June 29, 2023 |


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Last week, a story broke on Jonathan Majors that immediately began trending on Twitter. The top tweet for the trending topic on my timeline said, “If this Jonathan Majors story turns out to be racial profiling, drug-induced, white woman white womaning … this app is going to chew off its own foot.”

For an hour or two, that seemed to be the general direction the Jonathan Majors case was heading on social media. If you’ve read the article, you might understand why. It comes from The Insider, and while it’s not The Washington Post, it’s not exactly a rag, either. It paints a damning narrative of the night in question, the gist of which is this: The couple went out and got into a fight on the street, where the accuser was the aggressor and Majors tried to flee the scene; afterward, Majors went to a hotel while the accuser continued to frequent bars and drink. After 3 a.m., Majors sent her a break-up text; she called him 32 times and sent him a series of “angry, jealous text messages”; she then went back to Majors’ apartment. The next morning, Majors woke up at the hotel where he was staying and listened to the messages the accuser had left, which included a suicide threat. Out of concern, he rushed back to his apartment to find her passed out. After a heavy night of drinking and taking sleeping pills, she had injured herself by falling around the apartment. Majors called the police, who arrived and essentially coached the accuser into blaming Majors for her injuries. This incident now makes Black men more hesitant to call the police for fear of being arrested.

“The sad truth of this story is that if you are a Black man and there is a white woman who needs medical help, you should think twice about calling 911 because chances are, you will be blamed and arrested. And everyone — despite proof of the Black man’s innocence — will assume he did it. And no one — despite proof of the white woman’s crimes — will prosecute her.”

That’s the narrative, and if you are sympathetic to the belief that a bunch of white police officers might falsely accuse a Black man to protect a white woman — as I am — it’s a convincing story. And if you think this story might be true, then perhaps all the other women whom prosecutors have allegedly lined up to testify against Majors are lying, too.

But there’s just one problem: If you read the article again, every single statement and supposed piece of evidence comes from Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry. Chaudhry says that witnesses are willing to testify on Majors’ behalf, but no other witnesses actually provide statements to The Insider. Chaudhry claims there are videos and text messages to support her narrative, but only provides The Insider with a small portion of self-serving surveillance footage. The entire article is, “Chaudhry told Insider,” “Chaudhry’s letter alleged,” “Chaudhry said in the letter,” “the lawyer said,” and “the defense lawyer said.” Half the article comes from an interview with Chaudhry, and the other half comes from a letter Chaudhry wrote to a judge in April.

The piece doesn’t even pretend to tell the prosecution’s story. That’s why the article never gained traction outside of three hours on Twitter.

I should note that three days ago, the same author at the same publication also wrote a one-sided story reporting that Majors had filed a cross-complaint against his accuser. “NYPD finds probable cause for arrest, sources say,” the headline reads. Who are these sources, exactly? “Majors’ defense attorney Priya Chaudhry and a law enforcement source.”

The Insider is carrying water for Jonathan Majors. The same publication also ran with a quote from Anthony Mackie, where he said of Majors, “nothing has been proven about this dude.” The Insider then cites quotes from Chaudhry from their own stories to support Mackie’s contention.

Last night and this morning, Majors is trending again. Why? Because of an article two days ago in Newsweek. The headline reads: “Jonathan Majors Scores Huge Win in Domestic Violence Case.” The article asserts Majors was cleared by the NYPD and that the accuser was in the wrong. “Within hours of viewing the evidence, and conducting their own thorough investigation, the NYPD found probable cause to arrest [the accuser] for assaulting Jonathan Majors. Considering this development, we extend our gratitude to the NYPD detectives for their efforts.”

Guess who is responsible for that quote: Priya Chaudhry.

Buried in the piece, meanwhile, is this one line: “The district attorney’s office and police have not confirmed the account given by Majors’ lawyers.” In other words, the article asserts that Majors “scores a huge win” in the headline, and also suggests that the NYPD has cause to arrest the accuser, but all of this information comes from Majors’ lawyer, while the prosecution had no comment.

Maybe in the end, after the trial, a judge and/or jury will believe Chaudhry. Maybe Jonathan Majors will be cleared. But the reality is: The trial is still set for August 3rd. If the accuser was in the wrong, if the NYPD had cleared Majors, if everything that Chaudhry had said were true, then why is the prosecution still moving ahead with its case? Prosecutors are not in the habit of bringing losing cases to trial, especially high-profile ones where a loss could be professionally and personally devastating. If I were a gambling man, I’d bet on the side that’s keeping its head down and preparing for the trial, and not the side where the attorney is frantically pushing DARVO and appears more desperate to win in the court of public opinion than in an actual courtroom.