Two women came forward with new abuse allegations against Jonathan Majors on Thursday, accusing the disgraced actor of physical and emotional abuse in a report by the New York Times.
The report also cited interviews with 20 other people who alleged that Majors has a “history of volatility,” according to the Timesand that he repeatedly confronted his coworkers while on the set of the HBO series. Lovecraft Countrywhich led several to complain online.
He Times The report references accounts from Emma Duncan and Maura Hooper, who say they dated Majors between 2013 and 2019. Duncan told the Times that Majors physically and emotionally abused her, and Hooper alleged emotional abuse.
According to him In the report, both women described Majors as “a controlling and threatening figure who isolated them from their friends and career goals.”
Priya Chaudhry, Majors’ lawyer, told Times that relationships with Duncan and Hooper were both “toxic,” admitting that he “said hurtful things,” but denied most of the allegations of physical abuse and said he did not know about the HBO complaint. Chaudhry did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter for more comments.
The new revelations come just two months after Majors was found guilty of third-degree reckless assault and second-degree harassment stemming from a March 2023 incident between the actor and his ex-partner Grace Jabbari. Jabbari testified that while the two were riding in a car, she saw a text message on her phone suggesting he was cheating on her and took it away from her. She said the actor then hurt her, including taking his finger off her phone and hitting her head while he was trying to take her phone from her, and then threw her back into the car.
The charges carry a possible sentence of up to one year in prison; At a hearing on Monday, sentencing was delayed until April 8.
“You lose your sense of value,” Duncan said. Times of his relationship with Majors. She also says she was engaged to the actor from 2015 to 2019. Both she and Hooper recalled that Majors “love bombed” her early in her relationship, showering them with romantic gestures before becoming physically or emotionally violent.
In a statement filed during the pretrial phase of Majors’ domestic violence trial and obtained by the Times (which, according to the report, she was ultimately not allowed to introduce into evidence), Duncan alleged that Majors “threatened to strangle and kill her” in 2016. That same year, she also claims he “slammed her body into her mailbox.” . during an argument, leaving bruises on her back and arms. A year later, she says he threw her to the ground and smashed her head with his own.
Hooper’s relationship with Majors briefly overlapped with Duncan’s (although neither knew it at the time). In the pre-trial statement obtained by the Times, Hooper claims that she “was not allowed to talk to anyone about her relationship, isolating her from a support system.” She also recalled becoming pregnant several months into her relationship and that Majors refused to pick her up at the clinic after undergoing an abortion. When Majors led her to believe she would not allow him to discuss the procedure with anyone else, Hooper says she walked to her house. “I felt trapped and alone,” she told the Times.
After their breakup, Hooper recalled that Majors discovered she was in a relationship with someone he knew. She claims he called her on the phone to tell her she was a “whore” and told her, “I hope you die; kill yourself” and “I’m going to rip you from my heart like they ripped our baby away from you.”
She and Duncan also claim that Majors repeatedly threatened suicide during their relationship.
In interviews with the cast and crew of HBO Lovecraft Country, several other people recalled ways in which Majors’ behavior wavered depending on who was around, and he often proved prone to arguing with women. Jessica Pollini, Lisa Zugschwerdt and several other female crew members recalled incidents in which they felt threatened by Majors while on set and corroborated that his behavior made it difficult for them to do their jobs.
He Times The report claims that Pollini, Zugschwerdt and a third crew member ultimately filed a complaint with HBO about Majors, which resulted in the actor being asked to apologize. Pollini claimed his apology attributed the incident to a “misunderstanding.” A representative for HBO did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter for comments.