On Monday, a New York jury delivered a guilty verdict against actor Jonathan Majors for assault and harassment in connection with a domestic dispute involving his former girlfriend. Majors, known for his roles in Disney’s Marvel franchise and “Creed III,” was convicted on one count of third-degree reckless assault and a non-criminal charge of harassment as a violation. However, he was acquitted on another assault charge and one count of aggravated harassment.
Present in court, Majors maintained a composed demeanor as the verdict was announced, leaving without addressing the media. His attorney, Priya Chaudhry, expressed Majors’ continued faith in the legal process and his anticipation of fully clearing his name in a statement to CNN.
Following the verdict, a source disclosed to CNN that Marvel Studios would not proceed with any future projects involving Majors, who had a role as the villain Kang in the planned “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.”
The jury, deliberating for approximately four and a half hours, concluded the trial that commenced on December 4. The case originated from a March domestic dispute between Majors and his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. Majors, who pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges, faced accusations of physical violence during the argument.
In the closing arguments, prosecutors asserted Majors’ use of physical force, while his attorney countered, labeling the accusations as false and portraying Jabbari as the aggressor. Despite not testifying, Majors was present throughout the trial.
Jabbari testified on December 5, recounting the alleged assault in the backseat of a car during the March dispute, triggered by her discovery of a romantic text message on Majors’ phone.
In response to the guilty verdict, Jabbari’s attorneys released a statement expressing gratitude for justice being served. They commended Jabbari’s truthful testimony and acknowledged the challenging process of reliving traumatic events in court.
Majors, prior to legal issues, had a flourishing career with notable roles in films such as “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and the Disney+ series “Loki.” However, with Marvel Studios distancing itself and his sentencing scheduled for February 6, 2024, Majors’s professional future faces uncertainty. The actor could potentially face up to a year in prison for the assault conviction, along with a maximum of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine for the harassment violation.