Jonathan Majors Had a History of Abuse in Relationships

What was it in his development that led him to believe he existed in a kind of protective bubble that would make it ok for him to be serially cruel and abusive, without it eventually being ruinous in his life? What happened to the “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” concept in his life? 

Those of us considering the question can’t really know at this point. But hopefully what is now a lost, once promising career along with years of incarceration will be sufficient for it to finally dawn on him!

The actor denied physical abuse. Separately, he said he wasn’t told of accusations of misbehavior on the set of “Lovecraft Country.”

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n interviews with cast and crew members, they described Mr. Majors’s demeanor changing depending on whom he was surrounded by. He was often a buddy to male technicians and craftspeople, but to women he could be testy and prone to argument; women on set warned one another to tread carefully around him, multiple people said.

Jessica Pollini, a veteran with more than a decade in the TV industry (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Yellowstone”), came in for Episode 9 of “Lovecraft Country” as a first assistant director — a crucial managerial role that requires overseeing shots and staff for months.

She and Mr. Majors had only glancing interactions at first, she said. But as they were wrapping production after a long day, Mr. Majors approached her, saying, to her surprise, that they needed to talk. As other cast and crew left, he indicated they should go to the set’s cramped, faux bathroom, where he stood in front of her.

“I just remember him sizing me up and down,” Ms. Pollini said in an interview. “He’s a big guy, and I’m 5-3.” He told her sternly that things weren’t working. “He says, ‘You’re not welcome here,’” Ms. Pollini said, crying as she recalled the intensity of his dressing-down. She was unsure what she had done wrong and felt trapped. “I’m thinking, how am I going to get out of this situation?” she said. “I kind of cowered. I was scared.”

Eventually, she said, she placated Mr. Majors, saying she would try to do better, and he left. Ms. Pollini immediately told two colleagues what had happened. In an interview with The Times, one of them said that in all their years in the industry, he had never seen her shaken up like that. (Ms. Chaudhry said Mr. Majors never intended to instill fear or intimidate anyone.)

Ms. Pollini’s colleagues encouraged her to report the encounter to a producer, but she resisted, until she learned of other women who also had disturbing experiences.

Lisa Zugschwerdt, a veteran assistant director who was on “Lovecraft” from the start, said she had a negative experience with Mr. Majors early on, when he got angry over a schedule change that she was relaying. She tried to avoid him after that.

But before a sexual harassment training on set, Mr. Majors approached her while she was standing with another female crew member and “got really up in my face,” Ms. Zugschwerdt recalled. He made a derogatory racial remark about her looks, said Ms. Zugschwerdt, a woman of color.

Ms. Zugschwerdt was shocked — less by the disparagement than by the way he crossed physical and professional boundaries, she said, especially as she listened to the harassment seminar. “They talked about hostile work environment,” she said. In the days that followed, she worried about what else Mr. Majors might do. She left the show after a few episodes.

Ms. Chaudhry said Mr. Majors had not made a derogatory racial comment about anyone.

Multiple female crew members said that these sorts of incidents made it difficult for them to do their jobs.

Ms. Pollini and Ms. Zugschwerdt, along with a third female crew member, a production assistant, eventually complained about Mr. Majors to HBO, and the network advised him to apologize. He did so gruffly, Ms. Pollini said, saying it was “a misunderstanding.” But things did not improve afterward, she said. (A spokeswoman for HBO declined to comment.)

Ms. Chaudhry said that Mr. Majors had “never been told that anyone objected to his behavior.”

MS. DUNCAN AND MS. HOOPER’S RELATIONSHIPS with Mr. Majors briefly overlapped, though neither initially realized it.

When Ms. Hooper and Mr. Majors began dating, she said that he quickly expressed deep love for her but also became controlling, dictating where she could go, who she could socialize with and how she could behave. She was “not allowed to speak to anyone about their relationship, isolating her from a support system,” according to the pretrial statement. She became a shadow of herself, a Yale classmate said.

Ms. Chaudhry described Mr. Majors as “young and insecure” at the time of his relationship with Ms. Hooper. “Looking back, he is embarrassed by some of his jealous behavior,” she said.

Ms. Hooper got pregnant a few months into the relationship. When she told Mr. Majors that she had scheduled an abortion in two weeks, he insisted that she do it sooner, she said in the statement. Mr. Majors dropped her off at the clinic, where he was advised that Ms. Hooper would need an escort home, she said. But when she called him afterward to pick her up, he said he was heading to a rehearsal. Because she believed that Mr. Majors wouldn’t tolerate her discussing the situation with anyone, the statement says, she couldn’t call a friend; she feigned an escort and walked herself home. “I felt trapped and alone,” she said later in an interview with The Times.

Ms. Chaudhry said that because both Mr. Majors and Ms. Hooper were in the same show, they agreed they could not both miss the rehearsal, and that she would find her way home after the procedure. Ms. Hooper said they were not in the same show at the time. (Through his attorneys, he denied he asked her to move up the abortion.)

“That deeply sad event is still a painful memory for Mr. Majors,” Ms. Chaudhry said.

In 2015, when Ms. Hooper confronted Mr. Majors with evidence that he was having an affair, he threatened to kill himself, her statement says. A year later, after they had split up and Mr. Majors learned that Ms. Hooper had a brief relationship with someone he knew, he phoned and berated her, her statement says, calling her a “whore” and saying, “I hope you die; kill yourself” and “I’m going to rip you out of my heart the way they ripped our baby out of you.”

Ms. Chaudhry described it as “a mutually intense conversation.” Mr. Majors “regrets saying hurtful things in that moment but does not recall the specific things he said,” she said.

Ms. Hooper wrote about the incident in her journal, which was reviewed by The Times. The lengthy phone call caused “residual trauma and suicidal ideation,” she said in the statement to prosecutors.

A Molineux submission like the statements by Ms. Hooper and Ms. Duncan is a contentious legal tool. Prosecutors successfully used such testimony in the convictions of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, but it can help open the door to an appeal of a guilty verdict. At a pretrial hearing, Mr. Majors’s defense argued that the submission would be prejudicial to their client, and the judge agreed. The actor’s lawyers are seeking to keep the filing with the women’s statements sealed permanently.

To Ms. Duncan, secrecy is tantamount to shame. Coming forward, she said, allowed her and others in the same situation to find support and recovery. “I believe in redemption,” she said. “But not without accountability.”

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Jonathan Majors Had a History of Abuse in Relationships

Jonathan Majors Had a History of Abuse in Relationships

U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Connecticut between 1988 and 2006, including the revelation of leaders who discouraged disclosure. Those cases do not include at least 42 more that have been identified as not having been properly investigated. That is not to mention new Pentagon published statistics showing student-reported assaults at West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy.

So after all the accusations and denials, the truth is finally revealed about Bill Cosby’s lifetime of raping young women, who were unfortunate enough to cross his path. The answer as to how he got away with it for so long, lies in his skill of slipping a Methaquolone pill, otherwise known as a Quaalude, into a drink he would give them. It would render them helpless to escape his subsequent sexual assault. Of course, he had also built a persona of America’s Grandpa, that was the ultimate deception.I first heard about quaaludes (‘ludes) in college in the 60’s. Apparently, he did as well! The word was that if you could slip one into a girl’s drink, she would be more compliant than otherwise. The records show that Cosby had multiple prescriptions filled at least throughout the 70’s, then apparently, subsequently found other sources. It became his “MO” and many women his victim. But that game is over now, most likely for the duration of his life! As with most abusers, Cosby felt he had a way to evade the light from shining on what he was up to. He thought he was safe and would never get caught, but If accused, he could claim it was consensual. It is what all abusers think, regardless of the form that abuse takes, and sometimes it can work for a long while. But when the light finally does shine and reveals the truth, the rule is that the longer the perpetrator got away with their nasty deceptions, the deeper the hole they will have dug for themselves. Epstein escaped via suicide. I think they’ll be keeping a close eye on Bill!