Jonathan Majors Responds to Backlash Over His Usage of Coretta Scott King's Name

King's daughter insinuated on X that Majors was referring to her mother as "a prop."

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Jonathan Majors refuses to admit any wrongdoing in referring to Coretta Scott King during his recent ABC News interview.

King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, subliminally criticized the actor for his comments about her mother, where he told ABC News that his girlfriend, actress Meagan Good, "has held me down like a Coretta." In a new statement via TMZ, Majors has responded to Bernice saying "My mother wasn't a prop."

"My intention was to convey my utmost respect for Coretta Scott King, her achievements, and both her personal legacy and the one she shares with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King," Majors told the outlet.

The 34-year-old continued by calling Mrs. King "a great woman, a very important figure in American and world history, and someone both Meagan and I are inspired by and deeply admire."

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My mother wasn’t a prop.

She was a peace advocate before she met my father and was instrumental in him speaking out against the Vietnam War.

Please understand…my mama was a force.

Here’s what I wrote about her a few years ago:

— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 9, 2024
Twitter: @BerniceKing

Majors wanted his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, to behave similarly to Mrs. King and Michelle Obama according to leaked audio that Jabbari recorded, which was shared with a New York courtroom during Majors' domestic violence trial.

When clarifying what he meant in the recording, Majors told ABC News, "It was me trying to give the knowledge of what it is I'm aspiring to be. These great men... Martin [Luther King Jr.], President Obama... And trying to give a reference point to that."

He continued, "I was attempting – and I did a terrible job at it apparently – I was attempting to motivate, to enlighten, to give perspective as to what it is I was hoping to get out of the relationship. I think that's fair."

Majors is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 6 and faces up to one year in prison.

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