The alleged victim in the Jonathan Majors assault case was granted a “full” temporary protective order, although the actor’s lawyer said he wanted “nothing to do with the woman”.
The order was issued in New York on Thursday and prohibits any contact between Majors and the accuser, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to People magazine.
“A judge granted a full temporary protective order to the victim, at the request of the people and with the consent of the defense attorney,” the prosecutor’s office said.
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The new TRO replaces a “limited” order that had been in place since the actor was impeached last month.
The previous order allowed Majors and the woman to maintain contact.
A “full” TRO means “the subject of the protective order must stay completely away from you, your home, your job and your school,” according to the NYPD.
Majors lawyer Priya Chaudhry called the new order “standard”, adding that the actor was innocent.
“It’s the norm in cases like this, and we consented because Mr. Majors wants nothing to do with the woman who assaulted him,” Chaudhry said in a statement to Urban Hollywood 411. “We were transparent and cooperative with the district attorney, including giving him extensive evidence, including witness statements.”
The attorney alleged in a recent court filing (obtained by the Los Angeles Times) that the woman attacked Majors during the March 25 incident, then “went clubbing, got drunk, texted angry Mr. Majors accusing him of infidelity, sent a note of suicide to Mr. Majors, took a bunch of sleeping pills, then, eleven hours later, was found alone in a locked room, unconscious on the floor of a closet, with a cut behind her ear and a finger broken.
The attorney now says photos and nightclub surveillance video prove “the woman is lying.”
“We recently provided a medical-legal opinion from a Board Certified Emergency Physician and Trauma Specialist who has reviewed the photos and videos of the woman and concludes, without hesitation, that the woman suffered no harm. injury at the disco and the injuries she later sustained did not come from Mr. Majors (and could not have come from the way the woman described it). In fact, the forensic expert’s opinion shows that the woman is lying,” Chaudhry said.
Chaudhry also accused prosecutors of trying to “damage the reputation” of the majors by alerting the media to the new TRO, which the attorney described as a “non-event.”
“It is disturbing that even when presented with this irrefutable proof of a black man’s innocence, the district attorney is continuing this bogus case…the DA violated his own ‘policy’ of not commenting on the press by spreading information about a non-event (a standard protective order granted) just to further damage the reputation of an innocent man. They have no rational reason to ignore the evidence of his innocence and take intentional action to harm him,” Chaudhry said.
Majors, 33, was arrested March 25, after his 30-year-old girlfriend “told police she had been assaulted,” the NYPD said on the day of the arrest.
The actor was arraigned the day after his arrest and charged with multiple misdemeanor counts – including third-degree assault, three counts of attempted third-degree assault, one count of second-degree aggravated harassment and one count second degree harassment.
A report from April 19 in Variety said “several alleged victims of abuse” are now “cooperating” with the prosecutor’s office following the actor’s arrest.
Majors is due back in court on May 9. His hearing was scheduled for May 8, but was moved, according to the prosecutor’s office.
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