The criminal prosecution of artist Jonathan Majors, who is accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, started on Monday with introductory comments. Around 9:30 a.m., he showed up at New York City Criminal Court donning a balaclava and a heavy coat. Majors carried a Bible into the lower-level Manhattan courtroom at 10:05 a.m. He planted a small kiss on the cheek of everyone in enrollment, even his new partner Meagan Good.
Majors was apprehended on March 25 following an apparent domestic argument in Manhattan with his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. Majors has starred in popular films including Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and “Creed III.” Three counts of misdemeanor assault, severe harassment, and intimidation remain against the actor, who has entered a not-guilty plea. An allegation of strangling has been dismissed. If found guilty, he may spend up to a year behind bars.
First, the prosecutor, Michael Perez, provided information on the circumstances leading up to Majors’s detention. On March 25, Majors and Jabbari arrived at their Chelsea flat from a Brooklyn gathering after midnight via private vehicle. The prosecutor stated that the couple had talked about marriage and having children and had been together for two years after meeting on the “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” set in 2021. Perez informed the jury, “This was a serious relationship.”
Perez claimed, “He intended to cause Grace Jabbari physical injury and, in fact, he did cause her physical injury.” Majors did not dispute that the reported altercation began with a text message from a different woman. Priya Chaudhry, Majors’ criminal defense attorney, contends that Jabbari, not Majors, was the one who attacked him, shredding the pocket “with her bare hands” and plucking a pair of buttons from his coat. That evening, Jabbari parted ways with three complete outsiders whom she met on the street and invited to a club. The prosecutor, Perez, told the jury she went there to “block out the experience.” Majors, meantime, had texted their breakup to stop the romance and booked into a hotel room.
Later, Jabbari went back to Majors’s flat and, per Chaudhry, called him 32 times before swallowing two sleeping pills. The next morning, he returned to the Chelsea home and claimed to have discovered Jabbari lying on the closet floor. Jurors were informed by Chaudhry that Majors had called the police “out of concern” for Jabbari’s mental health since she was unresponsive and had made suicide threats via text message. After some hesitation, Jabbari ultimately admitted to the cops that Majors had hurt her; Majors was taken into custody. She was brought to the hospital so that her injuries could be attended to. A few months later, on October 26, Jabbari was taken into custody and accused of violence and unlawful conduct concerning the March incident. However, due to “a lack of prosecutorial merit,” the Manhattan District Attorney’s office “declined to prosecute the case against Grace Jabbari.” Judge Michael Gaffey decided on Thursday that Jabbari’s detention may be mentioned by the defense team throughout the trial.
Jabbari, a prospective witness from the personal vehicle where the claimed incident occurred, an expert in medicine, and the three individuals that Jabbari met on the sidewalk will all testify during the trial, which is anticipated to last for two weeks.
Perez claims that things “began to sour” and that Majors and Jabbari’s relationship was nearing the end of its “honeymoon period” before the aforementioned evening. He went on, “the defendant’s true self began to show” shortly into the relationship. He started to belittle, control, and purposefully restrict affection from [Jabbari]. Perez claimed that Majors was once contemplating suicide in an attempt to “control her actions.” The prosecutor stated, “This affected their entire relationship and how she reacted on March 25.” Jurors were informed by Chaudhry that Majors and Jabbari’s past tandems of relationship had “nothing to do with what happened in the car.”
“Mr. Majors’ lifetime of hard work was coming to fruition and his career seemed unstoppable until […] he ended his relationship with Jabbari and she made these false allegations,” Chaudhry remarked. “[This is] a man who spent 30 years working hard to get to where he was on March 25. A man with the world at his fingertips.” “This is a case about the end of a relationship, not about a crime… at least not one that Mr. Majors committed,” the defense said in closing remarks. “In revenge, she made these false allegations to ruin Mr. Majors and take away everything he spent his life working for.”