In a verdict that has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, actor Jonathan Majors, known for his roles in Marvel and HBO productions, has been found guilty of two counts of harassment and assault against his ex-girlfriend, British dancer Grace Jabbari. The trial, which lasted 11 days, concluded with Majors being acquitted on two other counts. The charges stem from an incident in Manhattan on March 25, captured on surveillance footage, where Majors allegedly assaulted Jabbari in an SUV after she discovered a flirty text message on his phone.
Despite being found guilty, Majors remains steadfast in his denial of intentional harm, asserting his intention to clear his name. His lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, highlighted that the jury’s mixed verdict suggests doubt about Jabbari’s account. The convictions could potentially lead to a year behind bars for Majors and pose a significant threat to his once-promising Hollywood career.
The impact on Majors’ career extends to the movie industry, with Disney putting the release of the film “Magazine Dreams” on hold following the allegations. Majors’ future in the industry now hinges on Disney’s decision to either stand by him or sever ties with the actor.
The trial unveiled a tumultuous relationship between Majors and Jabbari, marked by escalating patterns of coercion and emotional abuse. Prosecutors argued that the assault was the culmination of Majors’ attempts to exert control over Jabbari through both physical and emotional violence. The defense contended that Jabbari was the aggressor, portraying her as out of control during the SUV struggle.
The guilty verdict has been hailed by Jabbari’s lawyer, Brittany Henderson, as a triumph for justice and an inspiration for other survivors to speak out against domestic violence. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg commended Jabbari for bravely telling her story, emphasizing the prevalence of psychological and emotional abuse in intimate partner violence cases.
Sentencing for Jonathan Majors is scheduled for February 6, marking a crucial moment in the aftermath of a trial that has not only impacted the lives of those involved but has also cast a shadow over the actor’s once-burgeoning career.